Tunisia. Egypt. Libya. And Now Bahrain. Protests have spread throughout the Middle East like a wild fire — and you might assume that it's all just a matter of popular sentiment. But if you take a step back, you find that the countries that have seen the most protests also share some deep, structural similarities.
Over the last weeks we have witnessed the peaceful demonstration in Egypt that overthrew President Mubarak's regime. In the last few days we watched the protests it has inspired in Yemen, Iran, Bahrain, and Algeria.
The ambassador to the UN from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) told me recently that every government agency in his country has a sustainability plan out to the year 2030. The most significant part of that policy exercise is the fact they need to develop an economy beyond oil - - because they expect to run out of it by then.