Karen Pfeifer


Karen Pfeifer is professor emerita of economics at Smith College and vice chair of MERIP’s board of directors.

Articles by this Author
Kuwait's Economic Quandary

Reform or Reaction?

This issue of Middle East Report presents critical -- and timely -- analysis of the impact of neoliberal economic policies in the Middle East and North Africa. Authors representing a variety of disciplines and viewpoints explore the...

How Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and Even Egypt Became IMF "Success Stories" in the 1990s

Just as European missionaries were the spiritual handmaidens of nineteenth-century colonialism, so has the International Monetary Fund (IMF) assumed a modern-day mission in support of world trade, finance and investment. The mission aims to...

To Clear the Minefield

Irene Gendzier, Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East, 1945-1958 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).

With the February 1998 news that the Clinton...

Development Revisited

Berch Berbero─člu, The Political Economy of Development: Theory and the Prospects for Change in the Third World (SUNY, 1992).

Timothy Morris, The Despairing Developer: Diary of an...

Class Acts in the Middle East

Berch Berberoglu, ed., Power and Stability in the Middle East (Zed, 1989).

Alan Richards and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East: State, Class and Economic Development (...

Petrodollars at Work and in Play in the Post-September 11 Decade

Letter from Jordan

“Can you help me get a job in the United States?” “We like Saddam because he is a man of his word: He stood up to the Kuwaiti cheaters and now he is standing up to foreign domination and US intervention in the Arab world....

Gulf Juggernaut

Adam Hanieh, Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Chilcote and Johnson, Theories of Development

Ronald H. Chilcote and Dale L. Johnson, eds., Theories of Development, Mode of Production or Dependency? (Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1983).

This is volume two of Sage’s series in “Class,...