The “Resource Curse” in the Persian Gulf

The "Resource Curse" in the Persian Gulf

This research initiative focuses on the veracity of the resource curse thesis explanation for many of the political, social, and economic dynamics in the region in the context of the current downward price cycle. It aims to examine the relationships between resource revenues and democracy; political and economic arrangements; states’ structural foundations and bureaucracies; policy-making; privatization efforts; occupational specialization, urbanization, and education; national security architecture; economic diversification; labor market demographics; regional and international cooperation; social and cultural changes; gender relations; art production; and identity.

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Background and Scope of the Project

Since 2014, the hydro-carbon sector, historically known for its repeated cycles of booming price highs and busting price lows, has been experiencing one of its deepest downturns not seen since…
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Book Publication

Mehran Kamrava, ed., The “Resource Curse” in the Persian Gulf (London: Routledge, 2019). The book explores how across the Arabian Peninsula, oil wealth began accruing to the state at a particular juncture in…
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Publication

Mehran Kamrava, guest ed., “The ‘Resource Curse’ in the Persian Gulf,” CIRS Special Issue of Journal of Arabian Studies 8.S1 (September 2018). The debate on whether resource abundance in general, and resource dependence…
Working Group Meetings

Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about The “Resource Curse” in the Gulf Working Group I Click here to read about The “Resource Curse” in the Gulf Working Group II As an ongoing part…