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Submitted by Mehdi Bhoury on

Wolfgang,
I appreciate the quality and the optimism of the article, but I still have some questions:
1- Do you think that MENA region countries could be classified as fragile states which could still be "mired in conflict and poor governance" for a big number of years even if, according to their income, they could be assumed to be MIC's?
2- if they are fragile states, does the demographic shift be a bounty of a curse for the economic policies and the development efforts?

I greatly fear for the future of these countries including arab countries in transition. Everything hangs by a thread and hopes can easily collapse.I'm trying not to be pescimistic, but that's what my eyes are seeing.