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The introductory seminar to the fall 2013 study group, "The
Politics and Economics of Transition in the Middle East," with
Professor Djavad Salehi-Isfahani. More information on this
semester’s study group series can be found
Countries in the Middle East that have experienced uprisings and revolutions confront serious economic challenges, old ones inherited from the past and new ones created by the uprising itself. They face the need to stabilize their economies at a time when revolutions have raised expectations for redistribution and jobs. At the same time they have to deal with the almost contradictory demands for radical change to economic structures that had given rise to inequality, unemployment and poverty, the very circumstances that had brought the revolutions in the first place. This seminar aims to illuminate the politics and economics of these choices, as well as the experience of actual transitions in Egypt and Tunisia.