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

Dr Adam Hanieh
Wednesday, 4 November 2020

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. Focusing on sectors such as agribusiness, real estate, finance, retail, telecommunications, and urban utilities, this presentation 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.

Dr Adam Hanieh is a Reader in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. His most recent book, “Money, Markets, and Monarchies: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East" (Cambridge University Press, 2018) was awarded the 2019 British International Studies Association, International Political Economy Group Book Prize.

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