David D. Arnold Speaks on Middle East’s Governance Deficit at Lowy Institute

May 13, 2011 — A post in the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter blog highlights David D. Arnold’s speech at ‘Wednesday Lunch at Lowy’ on May 11, 2011. The author, Sam Roggeveen, also interviews him about the governance deficit in the Middle East and asks about the parallels between the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, specifically Vietnam and China. According to Arnold, economic growth is not a substitute for good governance. He explains, “Even in countries that have seen an aggregate level of GDP rising steadily, [there are] issues of the distribution of income within those societies and the opportunities that young people have for employment and for improvements in quality of their lives…Simply concentrating on raising the level of economic activity is not going to satisfy the demands and needs of the people.”

Read the full article and listen to the Q&A: “5-minute Lowy Lunch: Arab spring.”

Listen to David D. Arnold speak at the Lowy Institute’s ‘Wednesday Lunch at Lowy’ event here.

Related locations: China, Vietnam
Related programs: Strengthen Governance

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