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Money, Markets, and Monarchies: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East

Adam Hanieh, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

February 26, 2020 · 12:00 pm1:20 pm · A71 Louis A. Simpson Building

Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies

In Money, Markets, and Monarchies (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Adam Hanieh examines how the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are powerfully shaping the political economy of the wider Middle East. Through unprecedented and fine-grained empirical research — encompassing sectors such as agribusiness, real estate, finance, retail, telecommunications, and urban utilities — the book lays out the pivotal role of the Gulf in the affairs of other Arab states, and asks what this might mean for the future of the region. This vital feature of the Middle East’s political economy is essential to understanding contemporary regional dynamics, not least of which is the emergence of significant internal tensions within the Gulf itself.

RSVP required by Monday, February 24 to iran@princeton.edu

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