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An Emirati researcher discusses the WTO and the Politics of Economic Liberalization in UAE

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An Emirati researcher discusses the WTO and the Politics of Economic Liberalization in UAE

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Adeeb Alafifi, Director of  Foreign Trade Export support at the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic development, graduated from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queens university in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, with a doctorate in international Political economy.Dr. Alafifi choose a very interesting subject for his doctoral thesis, as he looked at The WTO and the Politics of Economic Liberalisation in UAE, in a way to understand the Changing State–market Condominium of a Gulf oil state(Abu Dhabi).The main purpose of his thesis was to map the process of economic reform in the UAE and explore the politics of it, in order to explain its pace and trajectory, and shape its course and its subsequent outcomes. By explicating the underlying process of the UAE’s diversification away from its heavy dependence on oil, this thesis seeks to contribute to our understanding of economic liberalisation in the UAE. Furthermore, the thesis of Dr. Alafifi seeks to contribute to four sets of literature, namely those that deal with: the effectiveness of the WTO as an agent of liberalisation; the relationship between the WTO and domestic economic politics in the UAE; resistance to globalisation in the Middle East; in addition to the economic development of the UAE following its accession in the WTO.
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