The Arab Spring uprisings were fueled by the rising expectations of a nascent middle class in the face of opportunity that for too long had been denied. Tunisia’s uprising was in essence a middle class awakening, with the fight for economic opportunity replacing political ideology as the principal force shaping the future of fragile nations. It is a problem that even industrialized countries now face.
If nothing is done to build up the fragile middle class, we run the risk of greater social, economic and political polarization that, at its worst, could lead to a rise in nationalism, xenophobia and a breakdown of a tenuous global order. Historically speaking, that generally does not end well. Fortunately, such an outcome is not inevitable.
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