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The Economic Prospects for the Middle East24:50

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Economic prospects in the Middle East are frequently discussed through the optic of Islam and modernization. Tonight's guest, Jeffrey Sachs, says it's wrong lens to use. Instead, he argues, the waxing and waning of Islamic economics and military fortunes can be better understood as a reflection of deep ecological and geographic factors rather than cultural forces. This hour: the economic future of the Middle East.


Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of International Trade at Harvard University

Director of the Center for International Development

This program aired on January 8, 2002.

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