Author: Adam Hanieh

Adam Hanieh is a professor in the Department of Development Studies at the University of London. His research interests include political economy of the Middle East; labour migration; class and state formation in the Gulf Cooperation Council; Palestine. He is an international advisory board member for the journal Studies in Political Economy. He is the author of Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East and Money, Markets, and Monarchies.

  • When Oil Markets Go Viral

    The ecological dimensions of COVID-19 have become increasingly prominent in much recent discussion, with several important contributions exploring the pandemic in relation to capitalist agribusiness, widespread loss of biodiversity, and the destruction of natural ecosystems. There is, however, a further element to COVID-19’s ‘ecology’ that deserves much greater attention: the ways the escalating pandemic intersects … Keep reading »

  • This is a Global Pandemic – Let’s Treat it as Such

    In the face of the COVID-19 tsunami, our lives are changing in ways that were inconceivable just a few short weeks ago. Not since the 2008-09 economic collapse has the world collectively shared an experience of this kind: a single, rapidly-mutating, global crisis, structuring the rhythm of our daily lives within a complex calculus of … Keep reading »

  • Money, Markets, and Monarchies

    Adam Hanieh is interviewed about his latest book Money, Markets, and Monarchies, and the political-economy of the Middle East. Keep reading »

  • The Qatar Crisis

    The June 5 decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt to suspend diplomatic ties with Qatar has sent shockwaves through the Middle East. The ensuing blockade shut down much of the Gulf’s maritime and land trade with Qatar, provoking fears that the tiny state would soon face food shortages. Major … Keep reading »

  • Fundamental Rifts: Power, Wealth and Inequality in the Arab world

    Over four years since mass uprisings ousted sclerotic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, it can seem that the initial hopes represented by these movements lie in tatters. Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iraq remain mired in bloody armed conflicts that have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more within and across … Keep reading »

  • Lineages of Revolt – Capitalism in the Middle East

    Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book and what are its key themes? Adam Hanieh (AH): The book was written over the course of 2011 and 2012 and was intended as a contribution to some of the debates that  emerged in these first years of the Arab uprisings. I did not want to write … Keep reading »

  • Palestinian solidarity: One person, one vote, one state

    The Oslo Illusion

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Israeli government. Officially known as the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, the Oslo Accords were firmly ensconced in the framework of the two-state solution, heralding “an end to decades of confrontation and … Keep reading »

  • Class and Capitalism in the Gulf

    The Political Economy of the GCC Adam Hanieh is a lecturer in development studies at SOAS, and is an editorial board member of Historical Materialism. He is the author, most recently, of Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States. In conjunction with the most recent edition of the Socialist Register – The Crisis and the … Keep reading »

  • Egypt’s ‘Orderly Transition’? International Aid and the Rush to Structural Adjustment

    Although press coverage of events in Egypt may have dropped off the front pages, discussion of the post-Mubarak period continues to dominate the financial news. Over the past few weeks, the economic direction of the interim Egyptian government has been the object of intense debate in the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European … Keep reading »

  • Egypt’s Uprising: Not Just a Question of ‘Transition’

    The events of the last weeks are one of those historical moments where the lessons of many decades can be telescoped into a few brief moments and seemingly minor occurrences can take on immense significance. The entry of millions of Egyptians onto the political stage has graphically illuminated the real processes that underlie the politics … Keep reading »

  • World Slump

    The Financial Crisis and Emerging Class Struggles in the Global South Toronto, June 28, 2009 – The political period that has opened up since the financial turbulence of 2007 began to grip the world market has led to both a crisis of neoliberalism and an attempt to reconstruct it. The overaccumulation of capital in key sectors … Watch video »

  • Understanding the Financial Crisis

    Toronto, January 30, 2009 The financial crisis that has ripped across the world market over the last year has been remarkable in the chaos it has unleashed – and continues to unleash – on national economies, workers, ecologies and marginalized communities. Financial authorities, have admitted that whole banking systems may have to be nationalized. This … Watch video »