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The Arab countries will be classified among the developed world within 10 years..yes or no? And if no, what are your suggestions to them?

Arabian countries are being changed these days, people are getting more knowledgeable about their rights.
Show up your ideas that may help find the obstacles and/or barriers that may slow down the progression of their development process.
This should be applied to any country or region that lay in the same development stage, we need to live in a better planet through TED....

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    Nov 15 2011: Hello Muhammad Abdulaziz!I decided to answer this question after I saw your wonderful list on another question. Bill Gates made the point I am about to share when asked a question in Saudi Arabia. Unless and until Arab countries learn to acknowledge the skills and potential of women it will be unlikely that they will reach their country's potential. I believe that many Muslim societies have a reverence for women that exceeds Western socieities but western socieities have proven that women are intelligent, capable and industrious. By marginalizing half of humanity some societies lose their strength and beauty of contribution as well. As a woman, I truly wish that we could have the respect and kindness shown towards us that some Muslim cultures show without the condemnation and oppression.
    • Nov 15 2011: Thank you Debra for pointing this issue about women rights and reverence. It's quite clear that women are forming approximately the half of any society and this ratio should never to be neglected or mistreated.
      Simply I can't take any decision in my life unless taking my wifes' opinion that in a lot situations is very wise and always point out a different face to the problem, I respect her opinion.
      Thumbs up for your participation.
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    Nov 18 2011: Muhammad Abdulaziz, your question seems universal.

    Based on the 224-year history of my nation, the USA, 10 years seems insufficient. Perhaps the problem here is that while just governance comes from the governed, the people practice responsibility and accountability as “our faith in our tradition,” quoted below.

    Quoting Wadah Khanfar’s talk, “[A]lways, we believed that change will spring from within, that change should be a reconciliation with culture, cultural diversity, with our faith in our tradition and in our history, but at the same time, open to universal values, connected with the world, tolerant to the outside.”

    Now, consider a small book: Socrates. Barnes & Noble. 2004, wherein translator Tom Griffith writes, “Homer . . . was to the Greeks what the Bible used to be to us.” Perhaps Griffith means it was “scripture” to us, but I do not know. Regardless, he does not speak for the majority of Americans. The majority in America shun the responsibility of We the People, defined in the Preamble to the US Constitution. They want the motto, “In God we trust.”

    Two other critical points: First, Wadah envisions the Arab world being “tolerant to the outside.” Tolerance is insufficient, and a TED conversation settled on replacements such as “appreciation.” See http://www.ted.com/conversations/5444/for_the_ted_community_tolera.html?c=315127 . Second, the rule of the majority of voters (democracy) must be tamed by the rule of law (a republic), and the USA was specified to be such a mixture.

    Which brings my suggestion. Unless the Arab world can reject tolerance to APPRECIATE the outside--learn from outside mistakes, it is destined to maintain “our faith in our tradition,” and repeat the analogous mistakes the USA is struggling to recognize and has not even begun to solve: America is not governed under the rule of law, by We the People. If Arab countries want to be, they must lead the way.

    (I do not intend to neglect nations.)

    I hope this helps.

    Phil
  • Nov 15 2011: Muhammad
    Thanks for pointing me to your post and question.
    I do believe there are several things that need to happen:
    Freedom, real freedom needs to be a reality for all. Even given cultural and religious differences, freedom should know no bounds. That includes tough things like women's issues, freedom of religion, freedom of press.
    On the economic side, forget about "development" or industrialization. Instead, think of how each and every person can somehow have their basic needs met. Yes, it will mean new jobs, different work, but it doesn't have to mean you become the next great power. It could mean being a culture where everyone is cared for.
    Opportunities for education to all classes, sexes and strata of society should be the norm not the goal.
    Forget progress and just work to make life better for everyone in the culture. There is such promise for the future.
    • Nov 15 2011: Michael ...
      I liked your answer and I do believe that people like you who have a thorough understanding of issues are those people TED should be proud of them.
      You encouraged me to start my next lecture with a firm sense of insistence.
      Thumbs up for the collective ideas.
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    Nov 15 2011: I don't believe that any nation can be considered developed, fully function or have be truly prosperous and happy when their ruled by their priests. I believe that separation of church and state should be the goal of all countries and all people.

    Not to say that all religions are bad all the time; just that they have their place. Which is not to rule our lives.
    • Nov 15 2011: I totally agree, because simply being a priest or any other "religious man or woman" doesn't necessarily means that he will be eligible for this advanced "job" that requires a lot criteria that are not exist for the majority of the people in this particular country or nation.
      Thumbs up for the the good idea.
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      Nov 18 2011: I agree. Religion can be a beautiful, empowering, uplifting experience I am sure.

      Unfortunately that's not what I see happening around the world; it's used more as a vehicle for ultra-conservaties to justify their bigotry. Religion mixed with Government seems to stifle change; the events of the past 5 years should be proof of how rapidly our world is changing and how any country that refuses to embrace this will be left behind.

      As an Australian we have no religion enshrined within our Country's identity; and we're doing really well. I don't attribute this success just to our (mostly) separation of Church and State, but I'm sure it helped.