Education Research Paper on Historical and Current Pertinent Social Issues in the Middle East

Historical and Current Pertinent Social Issues in the Middle East

A number of noteworthy matters have been acknowledged in relation to the social aspect in the Middle East. However, they have been varied in the past and what is presented today. According to Baster and Subramanian (1965), in 1965, the significant issues in the Middle East included the relationship between social and economic factors to bring about development. This was principally done through the identification of the economic and social indicators in eight countries. The study revealed that in comparison to economic levels in the 1950s, high social levels had more rapid growth in the subsequent years.

On the other hand, Cordesman, Yarosh, and Coughlin-Schulte (2013) show that the most relevant issues in the current Middle East areas are the political dynamics that greatly determine the level of stability and unrest within the Middle Eastern areas. The violence and political dynamics have dominated the course of most events in the region leading to the current episodes of violence and lack of stability. They are a threat to the broader economic, demographic, and security aspects. Thus, it is an indication that there has been a great shift in the social issues in the Middle East.

These issues have been shown to be greatly influenced by adult education. Through adult education, the text by Baster and Subramanian (1965) can be influenced by the fact that adults will realize the need for proper and positive social relationships in enhancing the economic aspects. Adult education helps people to handle their political activities in a way that does not result in conflicts and hence instability in the Middle Eastern region.


Baster, N., & Subramanian, M. (1965). Aspects of Social and Economic Growth: A Pilot    Statistical Study. Retrieved 3 April 2014 from

Cordesman, H. A., Yarosh, S. N., & Coughlin-Schulte, C. (2013). The Underlying Causes            of Stability and Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa: An Analytic Survey.      Retrieved 3 April 2014 from