Hossein G. Askari
Iran Professor of International Business and International Affairs
2201 G Street, NW
Areas of Expertise
Islamic economics and finance, economic development in the Middle East, oil economics
Professor Askari received his B.S. in Civil Engineering, attended the Sloan School of Management and received his Ph.D in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to GW in 1982, he was a Professor of International Business and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Askari served on the Executive Board of the IMF, Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia and as consultant to the OECD, the World Bank, the IFC, the UN, the Government of Saudi Arabia, and a number of multinational corporations. He has acted as a mediator between the governments of Iran and Saudi Arabia and Iran and Kuwait.
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Conflicts in the Persian Gulf: Origins and Evolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013);
- Collaborative Colonialism: The Political Economy of Oil in the Persian Gulf (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013);
- Conflicts and Wars: Their Fallout and Prevention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012);
- Risk Sharing in Finance: The Islamic Finance Alternative, co-authored with Zamir Iqbal, Abbas Mirakhor, and Noureddine Krichene. (John Wiley, 2011);
- Islam and the Path to Human and Economic Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), co-authored with Abbas Mirakhor;
- The Stability of Islamic Finance: Creating a Resilient Financial Environment for a Secure Future (John Wiley, 2010), co-authored with Zamir Iqbal, Noureddine Krichene and Abbas Mirakhor; and
- Globalization and Islamic Finance: Convergence, Prospects and Challenges (John Wiley, 2009).
- The Middle East Oil Exporters: What Happened to Economic Development? (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006);
- Case Studies of Economic Sanctions: The Chinese, Cuban, and Iranian Experiences (Praeger, 2003), co-authored with J. Forrer, H. Teegen and J. Yang;
- Economic Sanctions: Examining Their Philosophy and Efficacy (Praeger, 2003), co-authored with J. Forrer, H. Teegen and J. Yang;
- Economic Development in the Countries of the GCC: The Curse and Blessing of Oil (JAI Press, 1997), co-authored with V. Nowshirvani and M. Jaber; and
- Saudi Arabia: Oil and the Search for Economic Development (JAI Press, 1990), co-authored with B. Dastmaltschi;
Professor Askari has written a number of other books, monographs and professional journal articles on international finance and trade, on oil, on agriculture, Islamic economics and finance and on the Middle East, and numerous opinion-editorials for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Asia Times Online, and in The National Interest.
HONR 2175 Honors Special Topics
- Conflicts and Wars in the Persian Gulf: Origins and Evolution
- Human and Economic Development in the Middle East
- Islam and the Political Economy of Oil in the Persian Gulf
- Islamic Economics, Finance and Development: Theory Versus Reality
PSC/IAFF 751 Economic Development in the Middle East: What Went Wrong?
IBUS 4303 International Monetary and Financial Issues