A landmark analysis of the ongoing socioeconomic transformations of the Middle East.
Melani Cammett is associate professor of political science, a faculty associate at the Population Studies and Training Center, and a faculty fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. She is the author of "Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective" (2007), "Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon" (2014), and the coeditor of "The Politics of Non-State Welfare" (2014). Cammett has also published articles in many scholarly journals including, "Annual Review of Political Science," "Comparative Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, " and "World Politics" among others. Her current research focuses on public and social goods provision by Islamists and other types of public and private actors in several Middle Eastern countries. Ishac Diwan is Lecturer in Public Policy and the director for Africa and the Middle East at the growth lab of the Center for International Development. In 1987, Diwan joined the World Bank in the Research Complex, where he focused on international finance, trade, and macroeconomics. In 1992, he joined the Bank's Middle East department, first as the country economist for the West Bank and Gaza and later as a regional economist. Diwan lived in Addis Ababa (2002-2007) and Accra (2007-2011), as the Bank's Country Director for Ethiopia and Sudan first, and then for Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, and Guinea. He led several ambitious initiatives, such as Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net, Ethiopia's Protection of Basic Services Program, and in West Africa, initiatives to support commercial agriculture, natural resources development, and jobs for the youth. Diwan has contributed to the Economic Research Forum and the Mediterranean Development Forum. He is the author of "Development Under Adversity: The Palestinian Economy in Transition" (1999), and has written numerous book chapters and articles for scholarly journals including the "Journal of International Economics, World Bank Economic Review" and "International Economic Review" among others. Alan Richards is professor of economics and environmental studies, emeritus, at the University of California at Santa Cruz. John Waterbury is William Stewart Tod Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Emeritus, at Princeton University.