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Domestic Elites and IMF Executives: Who Are Our Overlords?​​​​​​

​​Friday December 16, 2022

Ahmad Al-Sholi


The IMF, last-resort creditor for economically failing sovereigns, attached about 26 conditions on average to each of its loans in 2016-2017, up from an average of 19 conditions in 2011-2013, according to this review. This is despite the IMF's own guidelines review in the interim that makes “parsimony in program-related conditions," a principal.


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​​​Engineered Food Insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa

Friday December 2, 2022

Giuliano Martiniello

 

Having integral elements in the mechanics of global agricultural value chains such as food, feed, fertilizers, and fuel, Russia and Ukraine (and Belarus) play key roles in the overall functioning and stability of the global food system.

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East Mediterranean Natural Gas: A Lubricant for Israel’s Regional Integration

Friday, July 1, 2022

Sai Englert



On March 28, 2022, foreign ministers from Israel, the US, Egypt, Bahrain, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) met in Sde Boker

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How the Corruption-Centric Discourse in the Arab World Proved Self-Defeating

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Amr Adly



During the two major rounds of popular mobilization and revolutionary collective action in 2011 and 2019, corruption came to occupy a central position in the opposition's discourse on underdevelopment, injustice and inequality, and despotism in the Arab world

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Understanding Capitalism in the MENA and the Process of Neoliberal Reform

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

​​​Joseph Daher



Alongside the absence of democracy, or its significant shortcomings, the widespread economic marginalization and intense socioeconomic grievances constituted one of the most important causes of the uprisings that erupted in the Middle East and North Africa

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