Middle East Economy

    • The Trouble with the Creeping Expropriation of Depositors

      • Firas Abi-Nassif, Amer Bisat, Henri Chaoul, Ishac Diwan, Nabil Fahed, Philippe Jabre, Sami Nader, May Nasrallah, Paul Raphael, Jean Riachi, Nasser Saidi, Kamal Shehadi, Maha Yahya
      • January 24, 2020
      • A Citizens’ Initiative

      While appearing to do nothing, policymakers are in fact tacitly responding to the crisis.

      • Road Map to an Orderly Restructuring of Lebanon’s Public Sector Debt

        • Firas Abi Nassif, Henri Chaoul, Ishac Diwan, Saeb el Zein, Nabil Fahed, Philippe Jabre, Sami Nader, May Nasrallah, Paul Raphael, Jean Riachi, Nasser Saidi, Kamal Shehadi, Maha Yahya
        • January 21, 2020
        • A Citizens’ Initiative for Lebanon (CIL)

        We believe Lebanon’s public debt is unsustainable. We strongly recommend that the Lebanese government commences with a comprehensive restructuring effort to bring down the debt burden to a level the country can afford.

        • Lebanon’s Economic Crisis: A Ten Point Action Plan for Avoiding a Lost Decade

          • Firas Abi Nassif, Edward Asseily, Bilal Bazzy, Hala Bejani, Amer Bisat, Henri Chaoul, Ishac Diwan, Haneen El Sayed, Ali El Reda Youssef, Saeb el Zein, Nabil Fahed, Philippe Jabr, Sami Nader, May Nasrallah, Paul Raphael, Jean Riachi, Nisreen Salti, Kamal Shehadi, Nasser Saidi, Maha Yahya, Bassam Yammine, Gerard Zouein
          • January 06, 2020
          • A citizen initiative

          An independent group of development specialists, economists and finance experts met in Beirut late-December to discuss the ongoing economic crisis and the path forward. This note summarizes the deliberations and puts forth a ten-point action plan meant to arrest the crisis and place the country on a path of sustained recovery.

          • Event

          A Brewing Storm: An In-Depth Analysis of Lebanon’s Economy

          • Amer Bisat, Ishac Diwan, Haneen Sayed, Maha Yahya
          • December 23, 2019
          • Beirut, Lebanon

          Since the mass protests in October and the ensuing resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Lebanon’s economic and fiscal crisis has accelerated, with the World Bank forecasting a recession.

          • Diwan

          What Will the Attention of Carnegie Middle East Scholars Be Focused On in 2020?

          A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.

          • Diwan

          Time Is Running Out

          In an interview, former minister Nasser al-Saidi explains why Lebanon’s financial revival will be a massive undertaking.

          • Q&A

          Egypt’s Military Now Controls Much of Its Economy. Is This Wise?

          The military is woven into almost every part of Egypt’s economy. It runs businesses, produces goods, and manages huge infrastructure projects. What are the consequences of involving a country’s armed forces so deeply in its private and public enterprise?

          • Report

          Owners of the Republic: An Anatomy of Egypt’s Military Economy

          The Egyptian military’s takeover in 2013 transformed its role in the national economy, turning it into an autonomous actor that can reshape markets and influence government policy setting and investment strategies.

          • Q&A

          A Brief Guide to Russia’s Return to the Middle East

          The Kremlin is riding high in the Middle East, where Russia’s military intervention in Syria has changed the course of the country’s civil war. The Kremlin’s actions in the Middle East have deep historical roots, but potential Russian influence should not be over-exaggerated.

          • Diwan

          Austerity Ahead

          • Ghida Tayara
          • October 08, 2019

          In an interview, Ibrahim Jamali discusses Lebanon’s economy and says talk of a pound devaluation is premature.

        Carnegie Experts on
        Middle East Economy

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          Lydia Assouad
          El-ERIAN FELLOW
          Carnegie Middle East Center
          Lydia Assouad is the El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center where her research focuses on public and political economics.
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          Hamza Meddeb
          Nonresident Scholar
          Middle East Center
          Hamza Meddeb is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on economic reform, political economy of conflicts, and border insecurity across the Middle East and North Africa.

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