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Pete Moore


Why Not Jordan?

[Protesters gathered at Duwwar al-Dakhiliyyeh in Amman on 13 November 2012. Image from screen shot of YouTube video]

The 13 November withdrawal of fuel and electricity subsidies has sparked vigorous demonstrations in Jordan, prompting renewed speculation about whether the wave of Arab uprisings that began in late 2010 has finally arrived in the Hashemite Kingdom. Indeed, amidst the rush of scholarly attempts to explain why uprisings did or did not occur in various Arab countries in 2011, Jordan is proving a stubborn case. Jordan fits nearly all the criteria for an uprising, but ...

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Sovereign Wealth and Ruler Loot

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The mobility of capital, depending on one’s position, is a virtue or a vice. Since the onset of the Arab Spring, a lot of money has been moving in, out, and around the Middle East. In the classic liberal world, the mobility of money is governed by the market. In the real world however, politics has a say. Some of these politics have been about fear as Saudi and Emirati rulers have reportedly opened their checkbooks to assuage pressures on favored rulers and foment trouble ...

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Pete Moore


Pete Moore is Associate Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Report.  Prior to CWRU, he held positions at Concordia University in Montreal, Dartmouth College, and the University of Miami in Coral Gables.  His research focuses primarily on issues of political economy, state society relations, and sub-state conflict in the Gulf and the Levant.  In 2008-2009 he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE, and this year he directs the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOCMES), a new collaborative initiative of several local universities.

Moore’s current project is a comparative examination of political economies during civil war in Lebanon, Iraq, and Algeria.  As well, he is currently completing a co-authored book manuscript entitled, "Authoritarianism, Reform, and Democracy in the Arab World: New Horizons?”