SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Towards Socially Just Development in the MENA Region

Thomas Claes (German Friedrich Ebert Foundation), Gilbert Achcar (SOAS), Salam Said

Date: 19 March 2018Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 19 March 2018Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT

Type of Event: Book Launch

This publication (available in pdf) intends to rekindle the debate on economic policy in the MENA region from the perspective of social justice. The outcome of nearly three years of work and debates by a group of dedicated scholars from various Arab countries with various academic backgrounds, it was published in 2017 by the regional project “For Socially Just Development in the MENA Region” of the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

The book contends that economic policies adopted by most MENA countries over the last decades contributed to social injustice, inequality, marginalization, poverty, and unemployment. Along with political repression and authoritarianism, these factors constituted the main roots of the Arab Spring. Since then, however, socio-economic injustice has continued to grow, while still receiving less international attention than identity and security politics.

Chair: Dr Hassan Hakimian, LMEI Director


Mr Thomas Claes is the Tunis-based Director of economic policies and research in the MENA region for the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which produced this publication.

Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, Department of Development Studies, is project collaborator and contributor to the publication.

Dr Salam Said holds a PhD in International Economic Relations from the University of Bremen, Germany. She coordinated the project and edited the publication.


Dr Adam Hanieh, SOAS, Department of Development Studies.

Professor Alfredo Saad Filho, SOAS, Department of Development Studies.

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Organiser: London Middle East Institute and the Department of Development Studies

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