Young Arabs say ISIS biggest regional challenge

2016-04-12 20:00
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Dubai - Young Arab people see the rise of the Islamic State group as "the single biggest challenge" in the region, a survey published on Tuesday said, with respondents prioritising stability over democracy.

Fifty percent regard ISIS "as the biggest obstacle in the region, up from 37% last year", the study published in Dubai said.

"Three in four Arab youth are concerned about the rise of Daesh," it said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

But "just one in six believes the terrorist group ultimately will succeed" in establishing a state, it added.

US-based polling firm Penn Schoen Berland interviewed 3 500 men and women aged 18 to 24 from across the Arab world between January 11 and February 22 for the survey.

ISIS, which has attracted tens of thousands of fighters to its ranks, has seized large swathes territory in Syria and Iraq and claimed deadly attacks both in and outside the region.

"A quarter of young people believe that a lack of jobs and opportunities are the main recruitment drivers" for ISIS, the survey said.

Five years since the Arab Spring uprisings erupted, 53% of participants said that "promoting stability in the region is more important than promoting democracy".

But two thirds of respondents also demanded that their leaders do more "to improve their personal freedoms and human rights", the study said.

"In 2016, just 36% of young Arabs think that the Arab world is better off following the uprisings, down from 72% in 2012 at the height of unrest," it added.

Meanwhile, 47% of respondents said relations between Islam's Sunni and Shi'ite sects have worsened over the past five years.

The Arab Spring uprisings that started in Tunisia with calls for democratic reform have spiralled into conflict and chaos in several countries across the region.

The unrest has been exploited by jihadist groups, notably ISIS.

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