Pardee Center Publishes Paper on Youth Frustration and the Arab Spring

PardeePaper16 COVERThe Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University has published the 16th paper in The Pardee Papers series.

An Uncertain Future: Youth Frustration and the Arab Spring was written by 2011 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow M. Chloe Mulderig. The paper argues that cultural and economic factors preventing youth from obtaining the usual markers along the path to adulthood played a significant role in the uprisings, and that must be acknowledged. Looking at the situation through an anthropological lens, she maintains that, even as new governments are established, countries must address the issues creating widespread youth frustration to prevent long-term continued unrest.

M. Chloe Mulderig is a Boston University doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology and was a 2011 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow.

An electronic version of the paper can be downloaded from the publications library on the Pardee website. Hard copies are free and may be requested by sending an email to