If you want to binge on the economies of the Middle East, consider reading Dr. Paul Rivlin’s monthly columns. They are published at the Moshe Dayan Center of Tel Aviv University. Two decades ago in the search to hire another of our annual visiting Israeli scholars to teach courses at Emory College and in the Business School, fortuity struck. Through a close colleague I identified Paul Rivlin from Tel Aviv University’s Moshe Dayan Center. What made Rivlin’s work unique was his area of expertise: the economies of the Middle East. At the time, and now for that matter, there remain so very few undergraduate courses offered on Middle Eastern economies. Over time not only did we learn more about the breadth of his writings on Middle Eastern economies, we grew accustomed to expect his monthly articles on the political economies of virtually every country in the region. He regularly covers the dimensions of war, civil strife, globalization, human migrations, demographic growth, pandemics, tribalism, oil prices and how other economic determinants impact countries and populations from the Persian Gulf to the eastern Mediterranean. Rivlin co-authors and edits, Iqtisadi, the Center’s monthly publication on the Middle East Economy. He is also the author of The Israeli Economy from the Foundation of the State through the 21st Century, 2011 and “Middle East Wars and the International Implications.”
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