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Nader Habibi is the Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at Brandeis University’s Crown Center for Middle East Studies. His research has focused on economic and financial conditions of oil-exporting Middle Eastern countries, particularly Iran and the GCC Countries. Before joining Brandeis University in June 2007, he served as managing director of economic forecasting and risk analysis for Middle East and North Africa in Global Insight Ltd. Mr. Habibi has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research and management positions; including vice-president for research in Iran Banking Institute (Tehran), assistant professor of economics in Bilkent University (Ankara), research fellow and ... More lecturer on political economy of Middle East at Yale University. The author of one book on bureaucratic corruption and several articles in refereed journals; he earned his Ph.D. in economics at Michigan State University. His most recent research projects include an analysis of the performance and investment strategies of Arab Sovereign Wealth Funds and a policy paper titles: “U.S.-Arab economic Relations and the Obama administration”.
Is Iran an Existential Threat or a Strategic One?
Media and politicians in the United States have not offered a detailed and comprehensive explanation as to why they perceive a nuclear Iran as an existential threat. If Iran develops a nuclear arsenal it will be very small because of resource limitations and it will not pose an existential threat to any nation. At worse it will pose a strategic threat.
A Proposal for Honoring Type B Political Activists
Activists who speak out against abusive behavior of their own government (or people)towards weaker nations and weak domestic groups are called type B activists. These activists are often unpopular among their own people and might even be labeled as traitors. They deserve to be recognized and honored by an annual award for their courage because they stand us for the weak and the exploited.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Spending Cuts and Tax Hikes: What Else Can be Done About the Debt Crisis?
In addition to tax hike and spending cut we must consider a third option for dealing with the debt crisis: Mandatory purchase of government bonds by high-income citizens and corporations. The mandatory government bond purchase can be designed as a supplement to income tax payment with a progressive rate structure.