Continuity or Change? Mapping the Political Economy of the Middle East

adam_hanieh_lineages_revoltadam_haniehThe Arab uprisings that erupted in 2010-2011 have typically been presented through the narrow lens of dictatorship versus democracy. In a region now wracked by conflict and displacement, Adam Hanieh argues that a full understanding of both the uprisings and their aftermath requires a deeper examination of the Middle East political economy. Forms of authoritarianism are a function of Arab capitalism itself, particularly as it has developed through the neoliberal period. The Middle East’s shifting integration with the world market – and the new patterns of uneven and combined development across the region – are profoundly impacting the nature of Arab capitalism as well as forms of political contestation. Dr Hanieh is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where his research examines the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council. He is an international advisory board member for the journal Studies in Political Economy and is the author of Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (Palgrave-MacMillan 2011), and the recently published Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East.


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20 Nov 2015

Exploitation, Debt & Aid in Egypt and Tunisia: What Direction for the Revolutions?

adam_haniehIn the wake of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, international financial institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, in partnership with the Gulf Arab States, have rushed to offer loans and investment packages to the new transitional regimes. The possible conditionalities attached to these aid packages have provoked widespread concern from the region’s political movements, and need to be seen in the context of ongoing struggles to achieve the social and economic demands that underpinned the uprisings. Dr. Adam Hanieh will examine the logic of financial aid in the Middle East, locating the discussion within the political economy of the uprisings and the neoliberal transformation of the region over the past two decades. Dr. Hanieh is a Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and is author of the recently publishedCapitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States(Palgrave-MacMillan 2011).

23 January 2012