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Nasser Saidi

Nasser Saidi

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Nasser Saidi, former Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Center, has served as a vice governor of the Bank of Lebanon and as Lebanon’s Minister of the Economy and Industry. He is the author, most recently, of the OECD report Corporate Governance in the MENA Countries.

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  1. The Arab World’s Perfect COVID-19 Storm
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    The Arab World’s Perfect COVID-19 Storm

    Mar 24, 2020 Nasser Saidi says the current global pandemic and collapsing energy prices will push the region's economies into recession.

  2. A New Approach to MENA’s Refugee Crisis
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    A New Approach to MENA’s Refugee Crisis

    Jul 10, 2018 Nasser Saidi thinks current strategies to aid the displaced in the Middle East and North Africa are perpetuating suffering.

  3. Can Lebanon Escape the Resource Curse?
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    Can Lebanon Escape the Resource Curse?

    Nov 3, 2016 Nasser Saidi says the country could transform itself with oil and gas production if it adopts key reforms now.

  4. Saudi Arabia’s Shock Therapy
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    Saudi Arabia’s Shock Therapy

    Sep 27, 2016 Nasser Saidi describes the complicated transition to a post-oil economy now confronting the Kingdom.

  5. Cheap Oil’s Silver Lining for the Gulf
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    Cheap Oil’s Silver Lining for the Gulf

    Apr 22, 2016 Nasser Saidi says that now is an ideal opportunity for GCC countries to launch comprehensive economic reforms.

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    China Is Exporting Its AI Surveillance State

    Martin Beraja, et al.

    Contrary to what many Western policymakers and commentators once hoped, recent analyses have added to the evidence that trade does not always foster democracy or liberalize regimes. Instead, China’s greater integration with the developing world appears to be doing precisely the opposite.

    conclude that the country's exports of facial-recognition technologies are eroding democratic institutions.
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    Why Are Stocks, Gold, and the Dollar Surging?

    Jeffrey Frankel considers the economic and political factors pushing asset values to all-time highs.
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    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.
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    Impunity for Authoritarians Fuels Political Violence

    Maciej Kisilowski explains why allowing corrupt leaders to evade justice can stoke public fear and discontent.
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    As Disinformation Thrives, Democracy Dies

    Nishant Lalwani, et al. argue that increased aid for independent media is necessary to defend press freedom in the developing world.

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