Economic Challenges Facing Middle Eastern and North African Countries: Alternative Futures; Prospects for Middle Eastern and North African Economies: From Boom to Bust and Back?

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Economic Challenges Facing Middle Eastern and North African Countries: Alternative Futures

Edited by Nemat Shafik
St. Martin's Press, 1998
266 pp. $68.00
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Prospects for Middle Eastern and North African Economies: From Boom to Bust and Back?

Edited by Nemat Shafik
St. Martin's Press, 1998
325 pp. $68.00
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These two volumes produced under the aegis of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran, and Turkey primarily bring together papers presented at a workshop in Tunisia in June 1995. The second volume bears a marked World Bank stamp, with 19 of the 22 contributors coming from that organization. It treats issues that go beyond single countries (for example, the region's relations to the emerging world economy, poverty, and environmentally sustainable growth). The first volume has 12 chapters on individual countries (excepting one chapter treating the Gulf Cooperation Council states). All these chapters are written by specialists who are either working in the country they study (the majority) or have roots in that country -- and are free of Orientalism. With a helpful synopsis introducing each chapter, these two well-integrated books offer quality studies illuminated by statistics, charts, and graphs as well as useful bibliographies. Solid reference works. Bankers' prices.