Hossein G. Askari

photo: Hossein Askari
Iran Professor of International Business and International Affairs
405 Funger Hall
[email protected]

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


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, The National Interest, and the Huffington Post.

Classes Taught

HONR 2057 Proseminar: Social and Behavorial Sciences

HONR 2058 Proseminar: Social and Behavorial Sciences

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

IBUS 4303 International Monetary and Financial Issues