Egypt, Elections and Economic Renewal
It was hoped that the Arab Spring would mark the beginning of a period of renewal for the entire Middle East. Well, more than a year on and Egypt goes to the polls to elect a new president. But political change hasn't brought economic success. Both Tunisia and Egypt have seen economic growth plummet - the size of Libya's economy has been halved. So what hope is there for economic renewal in the Arab world. That's what we'll be discussing on this week's In the Balance. Join Justin Rowlatt and his guests: Dr Ashraf Mishrif - an Egyptian and a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at Kings College London, Dr Magdi Ishak, a medical doctor and a successful Egyptian businessman and from Cairo, Angus Blair who is the former head of research for the Arab investment bank, Beltone Financial, and who has now set up a think tank called the Signet Institute.