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"Business Not as Usual: How the Arab Spring has Impacted Trade and Investment Activities in Emerging Economies around the Middle East and beyond"

Thursday, March 15, 2012
12:00 AM
Hussey Room, Michigan League, 911 N. University

How has socio-political change impacted trade and investment activities in emerging economies around the Middle East and beyond? Various Arab countries will be taken as case studies, including Jordan, Morocco, and Syria; in addition, a few comments regarding Israel and Turkey, which of course are non-Arab, but nevertheless impacted by events in the region; finally, commentary will be provided on threats and opportunities for Europe and America.
Riad al Khouri A Jordanian economist specializing in globalization and development issues with particular emphasis on the Middle East, Riad has during the past four decades lectured, advised, and conducted extensive academic and applied research on political, economic, and business topics, publishing widely on them; in particular, he has worked on issues such as sustainable development, economic security, foreign trade, investment, and governance in Arab countries, among other related topics. After graduating from the Ecole Internationale de Genève, Riad obtained the degrees of BA in economics from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and MLitt in the same subject from Oxford University. He then taught economics at AUB and business management at Beirut University College (now the Lebanese American University), was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, and later served as dean of the Business School at the Lebanese French University (LFU) in Erbil, Iraq. Among other positions, he is currently professor of business at LFU, where he also serves as university trustee and director; strategic advisor in the William Davidson Institute of the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; principal of Development Equity Associates, Washington DC; as well as a member of the International Council of Questscope, a UK-registered NGO based in Amman, of the Lebanese Economic Association, and of the Council for British Research in the Levant.