The Middle East is at an unprecedented crossroads between the established Euro-centric system and the emerging Asian powerhouses like India and China. Their economies, policies and social structures are a half-way-house between these two dominant groups and are an important case study to examine in order to highlight future prospects and problems of the global system. The Middle East is an important missing piece in a huge global puzzle. This book makes a significant step towards understanding that puzzle and offers solutions for how to fully integrate this missing jigsaw piece into the global economic system.
Analytical Peace Economics: The Illusion of War for Peace focuses on three critical issues in the Middle East that dominate discussions about their place in the global political economy: conflict, oil and (regional) development. Examining economic and social development in juxtaposition with conflict and peace, this book adapts, develops and applies historical, geographical, economic and psychological methods, creating a nuanced approach to the collective understanding of the economic and social dynamics in the region. By developing theoretical models and analysing empirical research, this book offers an economic analysis of the attempt to find peace through war and seeks to find alternative solutions.
This book will be of interest to researchers, policy makers and doctoral students of economics, finance and social sciences as well as advanced undergraduate students of peace economics and development studies.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Conflicts, Development and Progress: An Introduction
Chapter 2: Insecurity from Entitlement Failures in the Middle East and North Africa
Chapter 3: Interest Group Politics and Defence Spending
Chapter 4: Dynamics of Terrorism in a Fragmented Word: The Middle East and North Africa Conundrum
Chapter 5: Conflict Management Procedure in the Middle East
Chapter 6: Military Spending: Decision-making in Anarchy and Herd Instincts
Chapter 7: Equity, Justice and Peace: Historical Analysis
Chapter 8: Summary and Concluding Comments
Partha Gangopadhyay is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Policy and Modeling at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and Associate Professor of Economics, Western Sydney University, Australia.
Nasser Elkanj is an Associate Professor of Finance at the American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.