Rethinking the Youth Bulge and Violence

Akram Alfy
Volume 47 Issue 3
Published: 26 May 2016
Abstract: The dominance of a generation of combat age, high levels of education combined with high unemployment, failed cities, and the relatively long duration of the transitional period still constitute an appropriate atmosphere for the explosion of a new wave of youth violence in the Middle East. The author takes Egypt as a case study. Egypt witnessed an unprecedented spike in violence following the revolution of January 25, 2011. This article first examines the political violence through the lens of political demography, drawing partly on Henrik Urdal’s theses on the impact of demographic factors on the risk of political violence, but more broadly documents and analyses the trajectory of youth movements’ involvement with violence in relation to issues of employment, education and urbanisation.


From Issue: Vol 47, No 3 (2016) | Ruptures and Ripple Effects in the Middle East and Beyond