Jordan's Struggle for Survival

Jordan's Struggle for Survival : War in the Middle East and Arab Economies' Underdevelopment

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This book examines the political economy of Jordan from its formation after the First World War to the present. Amal A. Kandeel offers a unique investigation of the economic costs and ramifications of Jordan's continuing conflicts with Israel, including an analysis of the important economic outcomes of the Jordan-Israel peace treaty. The story of Jordan's economic development provides evidence of the impact that war has had on the country, and how prolonged periods of war affect economics and foreign policy in the Middle East and development within Arab countries. While Jordan's story is important in its own right, it also shows how endless war in the Middle East perpetuates conditions of underdevelopment and backwardness in several countries in the Arab world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0745324088
  • 9780745324081

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsMap ...Introduction: The Middle East, a Turbulent Region 1. Peace and its Dividend 2. Jordan: An Economic Overview 3. World War I and the Formation of Jordan 4. Political Economy of the War State (1948-93)5. Labor and Water in an Economy at War (1948-93) 6. Regional Wars and Military Expenditures 7. Normalization and the Qualifying Industrial Zones 8. Water and the Peace Treaty Conclusion Endnotes Index
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"A must-read for anyone interested in Jordan, or how wars can effect a country's economy, politics and society" Paul J. Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University, Washington, DC, and Senior Fellow, East West Institute, Brussels"A rare study of the political economy of Jordan. ... A gripping [account] of the dependent relationships it has had to enter into for reasons of sheer survival as evidenced in the compulsion of a peace treaty with Israel and the acceptance of fragile economic concessions from the United States."Louis J. Cantori, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland"Offers a fresh and incisive perspective on the effects of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the efforts of Arab countries in the region to develop. ... [Its} analysis of water issues is particularly welcome. This is a work that should be read by anyone interested in the Middle East."Stephen C. McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor and Scholar, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, California Counselor, Institute for Sustainable Development, and a former chairperson of the UN's International Law Commission
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About Amal A. Kandeel

Amal Kandeel is an American-Egyptian economist. She was educated at the American University in Cairo, and now teaches Economics at Cairo University.
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