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Reform, round two

The Arab world has new politics—now it needs new economics

Political upheaval across North Africa and the Middle East has created pockets of success. Can this bring long-term growth?

With the benefit of hindsight, the political challenges unleashed by the Arab Spring may look like the easy part to resolve, at least for those nations that overthrew their leaders this year. Getting the economy back on track and, in most cases, reforming it completely, are now the real Herculean tasks.

In examining how the economies of the Middle East and North African region have fared over the last 18 months, it…

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