What elites think


The World Economic Forum just held in Jordan yielded some surprises, according to the Wall Street Journal's Political Diary (via paid subsription only). Keep in mind that this forum draws movers and shakers, many of them Arabs.

At a town hall—style meeting, the 700 participants were asked to draw up a list of the three top reform priorities for the region, followed by the "model country" in each area. The audience chose education, political participation and transparency and accountability as their priorities. And the model countries? Jordan—region> in education, Israel—region> in transparency and accountability, and Israel—region> and Lebanon—region> in political participation.