Inclusive Security for the Muslim World
HUDSON INST ALEXANDRIA VA ALEXANDRIA United States
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At 1.6 billion, Muslims comprise one-fifth of the worlds population. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 2.76 billion. Sixty percent of the worlds Muslims fall between the ages of 15 and 59 years, with the median age being 24 years. 317 million of the worlds Muslims live in the Middle East and North Africa region MENA and 344 million in India and Pakistan. The security of the Middle East and South Asia is inextricably linked with Muslim views of self and the world. Muslim countries, however, have been late in embracing the notion of inclusive security, which was described by former U.S. ambassador to Austria, Swanee Hunt, as not just political sovereignty and military strength, but also economic security, education, and personal safety.2 In2002, the first Arab Human Development Report identified three fundamental deficits that plague the Arab world the freedom deficit, the womens empowerment deficit, and the knowledge deficit.3 These deficits remain prevalent not only in the Arab world, but also in the greater Muslim world, and serve as impediments to inclusive security.
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