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After eight years of weak leadership throughout the world, and mixed up priorities where we punished our allies and rewarded our enemies, the Middle East is aflame and unstable. Hopefully, the new President and Congress will be able to set things right, but to do this, both need to understand the entirety of the situation. This includes one aspect that is often ignored by foreign policy experts; the state of the Middle East’s economy.
Israel’s economy continues to boom, and the Gulf States continue to have their oil money, but what about some of the other most prominent nations? How is Iran benefiting economically from the hundreds of billions of dollars it received from the Iran deal in frozen funds and sanctions relief? How is Turkey, which has few natural resources, such as oil and gas, doing under the stewardship of the Islamist dictator Erdogan? How is the demographic birth dearth in Iran and Turkey likely to affect the situation? And will the Egyptian President and former General Sisi be able to hold onto power against the Muslim Brotherhood, when Egypt’s population pressures continue to grow?
To discuss these questions, we are pleased to welcome David Goldman. David is a is a columnist at PJ Media, Asia Times Online and at First Things. He’s also the author of How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too), which explores the demographic crisis in the West and the Middle East.
David’s career has been split between the financial and cultural worlds, and gives him a unique perspective. He has written extensively on cultural and religious matters, and held senior jobs on Wall Street, including as the global head of bond research at Bank of America. This bifurcated career focus provides David with a unique opportunity to examine both the practical and speculative aspects of life.