The aspirations and disillusionment of Iraq’s youth

  • Hayder Al-Shakeri

    Research Associate, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

    باحث مشارك، برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

Despite their disillusionment with Iraq’s political system, the country’s youth have hope and aspirations for real change.

As Iraq’s political stalemate persists, many observers expect protests will erupt over the country’s worsening socio-economic situation, the increasing effects of climate change – such as heat waves and dust storms – and a lack of political will to change the status quo. The young people who played a crucial role in previous protests have once again been excluded from critical debates.

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