Military Expenditure and Economic Growth in the Middle East

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Springer, Sep 29, 2009 - Political Science - 172 pages
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This book investigates the role and the impacts of armies and military regimes in the Middle East. It argues that one of the main causes of the slow and stagnated economic development in the region is high military expenditure perpetuated by strong grips of armies on the politics of the region.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
A Literature Review
15
The Quest to Become the Dominant Regional Power
46
Secularism with an Asiatic Connotation
66
The Unholy Marriage of Adversaries
87
The Costs of the Palestinian Question
107
The Costs of Being an Arab Leader
126
The Costs of Survival in a Hostile Neighbourhood
144
References
164
Index
170
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LATIF WAHID is Principal Lecturer in Economics at the University of Westminster, UK. He has also taught at the University of Hong Kong, and has participated in the establishment of the University of Kurdistan/Arbil 2005/07.