The Economist published an interesting map this week that hints at one of the potential sources of Middle Eastern instability — the demographic imbalances in most Middle Eastern countries.
As is evident on the map, over half the population in most Middle Eastern countries is under the age of 25. In a sluggish global economy, this imbalance drives instability as youth become disaffected when they are unable to find jobs. Chronic unrest also tends to rise when there is a youth bulge. Even the United States experienced significant unrest during the 1960s when baby boomers came of age.