The Middle East and the respected countries in North Africa have been through some tough times in th

The Middle East and the respected countries in North Africa have been through some tough times in th

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DB #7 GLADYS DE LA ROSA The Middle East and the respected countries in North Africa have been through some tough times in the past not to mention the linguistic, cultural, ethnic and religious barriers which they hold between each other. Ever since World War 2 this specific region has been unstable due the civil war in Lebanon which lasted through 1975 – 1990, multiple threats against Saudi Arabia, the Gulf War which happened in 1991, the current war in Iraq, Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, the Iraq-Iran war of 1980 – 1988 and Israel fighting in full on war on multiple occasions in 1948 – 1985 not to mention the relentless Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to Lynch, there are four reasons why economic integration failed in the Arab region. 1) a lack of liberalization due to a high level of protectionism 2) a lack of complementarity in the local economy 3) an underdeveloped political system 4) a continuing political and security divide between the regional nations. (Lynch, 2010) I think that the main reason for the failure of economic integration is due to various factors such as culture, politics and education in the MENA region. There are several reasons why I think so. First, the MENA region benefited enormously from the rise in oil prices in the 1970s. (Abed, 2003) This was a tremendous national benefit, but it did not lead to profits in
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