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Economic Inclusion Can Help Prevent Violent Extremism in the Arab World

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Nov 16, 2015 / 0 Comments
Hasan Shaaban / Reuters

Twin suicide bombers in Beirut were followed the very next day by the coordinated attacks in Paris. These were preceded by news reports that “more likely than not” a bomb brought down the Russian plane over Egypt’s Sinai, together with the claim by a Daesh  (the Arabic acronym for ISIS) affiliate that it was behind that attack. These attacks underscore the dangers of violent extremism. People of many different nationalities have been victims of violent extremist acts in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.


How to prevent violent extremism? A recent meeting of the Club de Madrid, which is an organization of democratic former presidents and prime ministers who get together regularly to work on issues that are important for the world tried to provide some answers to this question. They developed a 10-point framework to stop violent extremism, and one of the 10 points was inclusion. 


Continue reading the article on Brooking’s blog here.

Hafez Ghanem

Hafez Ghanem is the World Bank's vice president for the Middle East and North Africa.


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