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Lecture | The annual L-PEG Lecture in Global Political Economy

Rethinking the Role of 'Regions' in the Global Political Economy: The Gulf Arab States and the Middle East

Friday 17 May 2019
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden


From the wars in Yemen and Syria to political transitions in other Arab states, the significant role of the Gulf Arab states in the affairs of the wider Middle East has become strikingly evident over recent years. Nonetheless, despite the growing prominence of the Gulf states, there is still relatively little academic work that both theorises the Gulf’s political economy and simultaneously places this within the dynamics of the regional scale. Drawing upon larger debates around the nature of the global political economy and the rising influence of emerging powers outside the West, this talk demonstrates how the hierarchical and sharply uneven development of the Middle East is increasingly bound up with forms of capitalism in the Gulf. These trends are not only essential to understanding the Middle East today, but can teach us much about the interdependencies and rivalries that mark the contemporary world market.

About the speaker

Adam Hanieh is a Reader in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University, Canada (2009). His research focuses on the political economy of the Middle East and class/state formation in the Gulf. He is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Palestine Studies (SOAS) and co-chair of the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies (SOAS). He is the author of several books on the Middle East, most recently Money, Markets, and Monarchies: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2018).


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