Political Economy of the Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa is often depicted as a region rife with authoritarian rule, stagnant economies, and limited prospects for improving the lives of its peoples. In reality, the region is highly variegated, with widely divergent types of economies and political settlements between rulers and ruled.  The goal of this roundtable is to think through ways in which governments and citizens can generate strategies and policies foster tangible improvements in well-being and in the prospects for economic and social advancement in the diverse countries of the region. 

In order to tackle these big questions, it is essential to trace the distinct patterns of economic and political development in various countries of the region. Towards this end, the roundtable will review political institutions and economic trends across the three main country groupings of the region, including the labor abundant/resource rich (LARR) countries such as Algeria, Iran, and Iraq, labor abundant/resource poor (LARP) countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, and the labor poor/resource rich (LPRR) countries of the Gulf. While population size and oil wealth by no means determine politics and economics, they affect the nature of state-society relations within each of these country groupings, in turn shaping patterns of economic growth and political development. With this background in mind, the roundtable will address the prospect for political and economic development in different types of countries in the region.


Professor Melani Cammett - Roundtable Chair
TBA - Student Assistant

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