The fact is these unacceptably high rates of unemployment among Arab youth are due to many complex factors, including years of adverse economic conditions, misguided educational initiatives and outdated systems.
Blogging on the unfolding events in Yemen had its price. When she received a threatening message on her Facebook account, her reaction was simple: she translated it from Arabic to English and posted it on her blog!
Youth entrepreneurship is of particular importance in MENA. Officially, one in four young people (aged 18-29) in the region's labor market do not have jobs and one in ten adults find themselves in the same position.
Nearly half of all those polled (46 percent) agree with the statement, "Traditional values are outdated and belong in the past; I am keen to embrace modern values and beliefs," up from just 17 percent in 2011.
As intractable as many of the region's problems are, Arab youth are proud of what they have achieved and excited by their untapped potential. An impressive 87% say they are more proud to be an Arab today, and this heightened self-esteem is notable in each of the 15 countries we surveyed.
Public diplomacy involves long-term strategies, and the mix of hopes and concerns so clearly reflected in the responses to the Arab youth survey should be integrated into the planning of public diplomacy programs directed at this part of the world.
The Egyptian youth should organize itself and mobilize the masses (as they did in the initial stages of the revolution) to take to the streets in the millions in support of a single motto: save the revolution.
In Jordan, a shocking 70% of the population is below 30. This is a scenario repeated across the region. These active, aware and agitated populations are the casus belli for the wider insurrection in the Arab world.
Contrary to what some commentators have said, the Arab uprisings are not a divorced phenomenon from the protests that have taken over many parts of the Western world due to the continuing economic crisis.
Arab civil society leaders gathered on the shores of the Dead Sea were quite sure about the future of Arab youth. Leaders from Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Palestine (both West Bank and Gaza) and Jordan were invited by Naseej.