Interview with the new GCC Secretary-General
As GCC Secretary-General and the first Bahraini and first military man to take office, HE Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani hopes to usher political and social reform.
April 3, 2011 1:11 by Precious de Leon
The second point pertains to the status of youth in Arab societies in general and the Gulf societies in particular. Young people in the Gulf have experienced scientific and cultural progress and are more open to technology, satellite TV stations and what goes on in the world. It is only natural that they have been affected by these things.
The third point relates more to the GCC states, which are modern, young countries. The youth in these states is in the region of 50-60 percent of the total population. This poses a number of problems, including the absence of jobs for young people and a higher rate of unemployment among university graduates. The result is young people who seek political and economic participation and strive to effect cultural changes in their societies.
Finally, in analysing social and political activities from the perspective of psychology, there is what is called the phenomenon of “fashion imitation” as borrowed from the fashion world of costumes. Youth protest movements spread from one society to another under such a phenomenon.
As far as I am concerned, the Gulf societies, with the progress they have achieved in human development, are ready to undertake a new phase of political, social and cultural reform also given the fact that the GCC is a part of the globalised international system.