Middle East Economy

  • Paper
    The Future of Big Business in the New Egypt
    Amr Adly November 19, 2014 عربي

    Big business has been virtually excluded from recent stimulus plans designed to get Egypt’s wheels spinning after years in recession. However, long-term recovery and stabilization are quite dependent on the resumption of activities by large private enterprises, which still control key sectors of the economy.

  • Paper
    The Economics of Egypt’s Rising Authoritarian Order
    Amr Adly June 18, 2014 عربي

    Since 2011, Egypt has been facing one of the—if not the—direst sociopolitical crises in its modern history. Will Egypt’s socioeconomic problems overwhelm the next government and doom it to failure?

  • Book
    The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism
    Marwan Muasher January 17, 2014 Yale University Press video

    Only through the painstaking process of constructing an Arab world defined by pluralism and tolerance can the dream of freedom and opportunity for the region be realized.

  • Paper
    Iraq’s Tangled Foreign Interests and Relations
    Paul Salem December 24, 2013 video

    A decade after Saddam Hussein’s fall, Iraq still lacks a centralized foreign policy. Until Baghdad resolves the issues polarizing the country, Iraqi foreign policy will remain disjointed and incoherent.

  • Paper
    The Private Sector in Postrevolution Egypt
    Ahmed Ghoneim, Ibrahim Saif June 17, 2013 عربي

    The private sector and the government, in collaboration with civil society organizations, must work together to avert an economic crisis and promote growth, stability, and the consolidation of democracy in Egypt.

  • Paper
    The Price of Stability in Algeria
    Lahcen Achy April 25, 2013 Infographic

    Algeria’s scheme to help hold off social unrest by redistributing substantial oil wealth cannot be sustained indefinitely. The regime must reform or face collapse.

  • Global Ten
    The World in 2013

    The Obama administration must realize that no “foreign policy” issue will matter as much to global economic, political, and ultimately security conditions in the coming year as whether the United States can demonstrate that it is able to deal with its economic crisis.

  • Global Ten
    Awakening to a New Arab World

    Furthering the cause of democracy in the Middle East requires realistic, pragmatic U.S. leadership to encourage reform and promote the development of civil society in the region.

  • Paper
    The Rise of Egypt’s Workers
    Joel Beinin June 28, 2012 عربي Infographic

    Independent trade unions remain the strongest nationally organized force confronting the autocratic tendencies of the old order. If they can solidify and expand their gains, they could be an important force leading Egypt toward a more democratic future.

  • Paper
    The Economic Agenda of the Islamist Parties
    Muhammad Abu Rumman, Ibrahim Saif May 29, 2012 عربي

    The economic platforms of Islamist parties have largely been overlooked, despite the serious challenges that lie ahead for the economies of the Arab world.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Jordan Finds ‘No Compromise Is Possible’ With Islamic State
    Marwan Muasher February 3, 2015 PBS’ NewsHour

    The Islamic State needs to be fought militarily, but the underlying causes of frustration and marginalization also have to be addressed.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Future of the Kuwaiti Economy
    Carole Nakhle May 7, 2014 VoiceAmerica

    Kuwait is one of the richest countries in the world, but due to its lack of economic diversification, any potential decline in the oil price could cause serious problems to its economy.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Does Nuclear Deal With Iran Go Far Enough?
    Karim Sadjadpour November 25, 2013 NPR’s Morning Edition

    Under the new nuclear deal, the broad sanctions architecture remains. Iran’s oil industry is still under sanctions, and if indeed Iran wants to emerge from that isolation, it’s going to require some consistent nuclear compromise.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Egypt’s Economy Two Years After Mubarak
    Uri Dadush March 1, 2013 PBS NewsHour

    Two years since the outbreak of democratic revolutions in Egypt, the economic situation in the region remains precarious. Egypt's economy struggles to grapple with high levels of unemployment, decreasing reserves, a widening fiscal deficit, and costly, yet inefficient, subsidies.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Turkey, Syria, and the Iranian Rial
    Moisés Naím October 5, 2012 Diane Rehm Show

    Iran is facing a powerful cocktail of sanctions and bad economic policymaking by the Iranians themselves, resulting in shortages on basic staples and popular protests.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Talk of a ‘Red Line’ Stirs Fears Inside Iran
    Karim Sadjadpour September 27, 2012 PRI's The World

    The possibility of a military action targeting Iran, along with the current economic sanctions, are creating anxiety inside the country.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Yemen on the Edge
    Christopher Boucek June 11, 2011 CSPAN's Washington Journal

    As international attention remains focused on the protests calling for the removal of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s manifold economic problems threaten Yemen and the region.


Carnegie Experts on Middle East Economy

  • Amr Adly
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Adly is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research centers on political economy, development studies, and economic sociology of the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt.

  • Hamza Meddeb
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Meddeb is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on economic reform as well as the political economy of conflicts and border insecurity across the Middle East and North Africa.


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