Influential economist and president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy Hernando de Soto explores the economic roots of the Arab Spring.
Like the spring season the Arab Spring augurs trees full of fruit.
But that’s where the comparison stops: nature can make apples grow on trees ready to be picked and eaten without human intervention; but political opportunities for change that arise from popular uprisings cannot fructify unless someone figures out what frustrations made millions of Arabs so unhappy that they took to the streets, so that governments can address them.
At the RSA, influential economist and president of the Peru-based Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), Hernando de Soto will share the latest findings from ILD research into the economic causes of the on-going Arab revolutions. Hernando de Soto argues that there is now compelling evidence to claim that the Arab Spring was rooted in the desire among millions of people throughout the Middle East and North Africa region for a modern market-based economy.
Speaker: Hernando de Soto, president, the Institute for Liberty and Democracy
Chair: Rohan Silva, senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister at No 10 Downing Street.