A Mideast Shocker: Economies That Still Grow

A cliff side overlooking the Dead Sea in Jordan was an appropriate place for the discussion that took place at the World Economic Forum meeting on the Middle East from May 15 to 17. A lot of the chatter, especially from politicians and analysts, was of crisis. Amre Moussa, the fiery General Secretary of the Arab League, was by no means an outlier when he pronounced the region "unstable and dangerous." He was referring to the long running Arab-Israeli conflict. Arab leaders believe that the Obama Administration is about to launch a serious effort to kick-start stalled negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians in the coming weeks—and they warn of a bitter backlash if it doesn't.

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