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Rich and Poor States in the Middle East: Egypt and the New Arab Order
Rich and Poor States in the Middle East: Egypt and the New Arab Order
Edited by Malcolm H. Kerr and El Sayed Yassin
Westview Press, 1982, 482 pp
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What distinguishes this volume, a collaborative venture of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Al Ahram of Cairo, is the combination of good planning and organization plus authors well versed in their subjects. The bulk of the book is on the new economic and social order (oil wealth, investment, migration of labor, inter-Arab aid, new policies in Egypt), but there are also good chapters on political relations and regional diplomacy. At present there is not much order of any kind in the Arab world: hence, much of the book's focus is on what ought to be but is not yet.