Recent years of unrest have altered a major balance. Earlier we used to count the number countries witnessing unrest but now it’s the stable countries that can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
There’s an ongoing struggle for stability in the region. It is as if sudden earthquakes have harmed everything and swallowed whatever is left of institutions and countries.
Some people are trying to piece things together and become coherent again. Tunisia, for instance, is taking firm steps toward strengthening institutions and maintaining the state’s structure. However, the country continues to struggle against terrorism which is a challenge facing all countries.
Gulf countries appear to be the only region in the world that has thwarted unrest despite vigorous attempts to ignite troubleTurki Aldakhil
Cost of unrest
Stability is everyone’s dream at the moment. Unrest has been scary and puts us all on the same platform. It harms everyone and has the potential to destroy the whole country, their demographics, history, civilization and resources and even relics of the past.
Gulf countries appear to be the only region in the world that has thwarted unrest despite vigorous attempts to ignite trouble. I believe we are blessed with stability during this era especially considering only few of the region’s countries enjoy it. We must act strongly to preserve it.
This article was first published in Okaz on February 16, 2017.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.