The Politics and Economics of Transitions in the Middle East
The Middle East Initiative hosted a series this fall at Harvard Kennedy School, led by Professor Djavad Salehi-Isfahani. Professor Salehi-Isfahani is the Fall 2013 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative and Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech. Please see the calendar below, and click on each of the titles for more information about the talks.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
Countries in the Middle East that have experienced uprisings and revolutions confront serious economic challenges, old ones inherited from the past and new ones created by the uprising itself. They face the need to stabilize their economies at a time when revolutions have raised expectations for redistribution and jobs. At the same time they have to deal with the almost contradictory demands for radical change to economic structures that had given rise to inequality, unemployment and poverty, the very circumstances that had brought the revolutions in the first place. The seminars aimed to illuminate the politics and economics of these choices, as well as the experience of actual transitions in Egypt and Tunisia.
The following paper served as an overview for the series:
After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World
Magdi, A., R. Assaad, N. al-Baharna, K. Dervis, R. Desai, N. Dhillon, A. Galal, H. Ghanem, C. Graham, D. Kaufmann, H. Kharas, J. Page, D. Salehi-Isfahni, K. Sierra, T. Yousef, Oxford University Press, 2012.
Learn more about the series from this presentation from Professor Salehi-Isfahani's opening session:
"The Politics and Economics of Transitions in the Middle East: An Introduction"
Wednesday, September 11, 4:00-5:30pm
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech, and Visiting Scholar, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
"Making Sense of Arab Labor Markets: The Enduring Legacy of Dualism"
Wednesday, September 18, 4:00-5:30pm
Ragui Assaad, Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
"Obstacles to Egypt's Economic Development"
Wednesday, October 9, 4:00-5:30pm
Robert Springborg, Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School
"Business Elites and Institutional Change in Turkey"
Wednesday, October 16, 4:00-5:30pm
Sevket Pamuk, Professor of Economics and Economic History, Bosphorus University, Turkey
"Documenting Crony Capitalism in Egypt"
Wednesday, October 23, 4:00-5:30pm
Ishac Diwan, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"Community and Economic Development in Egypt"
Wednesday, October 30, 4:00-5:30pm
Heba Handoussa, Founder, Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID)
"Iran’s Political Economy in Flux: The Shifting Terrain in the Islamic Republic"
Wednesday, November 13, 4:30-6:00pm
Kevan Harris, Sociologist and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
"The Dynamics of Regime Transitions: Insights from Theory and Historical Experiences for the Arab Transitioning Countries"
Wednesday, November 20, 4:00-5:30pm
Melani Cammett, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University