The global political agenda is something that has taken its toll on not only youth, but society as a whole. Policymakers are often bombarded with socio-political retaliation as a result of incorrect use and abuse of their power. A clear example of this is the reciprocation of the Arab world following the Arab spring effectively started in 2010. Civil unrest has affected 18 Arab and predominantly Muslim entities which, as a result, affects the global political agenda. The current difficulty in Europe is the influx of Syrian refugees due to ISIS occupation of much of Syria. This has been brought to the attention of every head of state in Europe who governs a country that is a potential target for Syrian refugees. Germany has taken in tens of thousands of refugees already; though they, along with Hungary, have sealed off their borders so as to prevent more mass migration. Currently, Serbia and Croatia are the countries being heavily affected by the inflow of immigrants.
2011 Mass rally in Cairo, Egypt calling for resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
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Policymakers around the world are conflicted about the allocation of housing, food and asylum to the millions of refugees currently evacuating Syria. At present, there are 5000 Syrian refugees in the United Kingdom that have been given asylum with a potential 20,000 more by 2020, according to Prime Minister David Cameron. Some politicians in England agree with the move by the British Head of State, others say it is “not enough”, others say that the United Kingdom should refuse entry to anymore refugees due to the nature of British culture already being changed by immigrants. Worldwide issues like these divide opinion, and sometimes even transcend party boundaries. David Cameron is a Tory, and he would most likely have not allowed more Syrian refugees to enter the country if not for pressure from the political left and the European Union.
The European Union has not had a formal response to the closing down of borders that some members have had to undergo to prevent further entrance of more settlers, though their power is rather subdued in these circumstances. The international community is criticizing the lackluster response of the Gulf states amid the crisis, and rightly so. Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have all had minimal involvement in the resettlement of their Arab brethren, despite the oil barrels of money they all have readily available. Turkey and Lebanon are the two countries that have received the most refugees at an estimated 2 million and 1 million respectively.
The political tension in Syria is through the roof, and the legitimacy of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule is constantly in contention. The West claims that Assad is not fit to lead a post-war Syria, while Iran and Russia assert that the opposite is true. Iran has been assisting the Syrian government in the fight against the Islamic State, and Russia is as well as of late. Russia’s involvement prompted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to warn Russia about further involvement and “support of terrorism”. Political fabric is breaking, and political tension is taking its place. Israel is beginning to raise questions and is for the moment not receiving any answers, which is a concern for Benjamin Netanyahu.