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Lecture Series on 10.11.2022, 18:00h to 20:00h in Marburg

Lecture from Prof. Dr. Oliver Schlumberger (Universität Tübingen)



The lecture traces the extent to which economic structures in the Middle East have become hostile to development on the basis of political power structures, a circumstance that has intensified due to neoliberal reforms in the non-petroleum states. I then characterize the rent income as a variable that has a critical influence on development prospects, both economically and politically. In a third step, I take a look at more recent developments in the past decade in this area of tension since the mass protests of the so-called “Arab Spring” of 2011. In doing so, I also critically question our notions of the concepts of “state” and “statehood” and ventures an outlook on the – rather gloomy – medium-term future.

Short Biography

Oliver Schlumberger is a Professor at the Institut of Political Sciences at the University of Tubingen, Germany. His research focuses on Middle East politics and political economy as well as on nondemocratic regimes and democracy promotion.

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