Vol 3, No 2 (2008)

This issue contains a symposium on the Palestinian economy, a vital aspect of the conflict with Israel that gets relatively little attention and one that clearly deserves more. The issue also contains four stand alone articles. In the first, Siddharta Mitra considers the relation between poverty and terrorism, developing an analytical model and using case studies to show the link between the two; then Raul Caruso and Andrea Locatelli apply insights of contest theory to al-Qaeda's recruitment process, Pavel A. Yakovlev considers what factors affect casualties in civil as well as interstate wars and Nadege Sheehan assesses potential structures that would best produce effective U.N. peacekeeping. In the symposium, guest editor Sam Perlo-Freeman provides an introduction setting the scene and summarizing the insights contained in the articles. Aamer S. Abu-Qarn provides a valuable context setting review of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Atif Kubursi and Fadle Naqib consider the interaction between the Palestinian and Israeli states, and the costs and benefits to each. The decline of the economy is further considered by Osama Hamed with an analysis of the de-development of the Palestinian economy. Jennifer C. Olmsted considers an important but much neglected topic, the impact of the violence on the nature of employment in Palestine, with particular emphasis on the damaging effects on women's employment. Numan Kanafani and Samia Al-Botmeh discuss the growing food insecurity and malnutrition in Palestine. Finally, Basel Saleh looks at the economic causes that explain much of the governance problems in Palestine and the fragility of the state.

Table of Contents


Palestine - an economy in conflict: An introduction to the symposium PDF
Sam Perlo-Freeman
Six decades of the Israeli-Arab conflict: An assessment of the economic aspects PDF
Aamer S. Abu-Qarn
The Palestinian economy under occupation: Econocide PDF
Atif Kubursi, Fadle Naqib
The continued de-development of the Palestinian economy in the post-Oslo period PDF
Osama Hamed
Post-Oslo Palestinian (un)employment: A gender, class, and age-cohort analysis PDF
Jennifer C. Olmsted
The political economy of food aid to Palestine PDF
Numan Kanafani, Samia Al-Botmeh
The fragility of the Palestinian Authority: Economic causes PDF
Basel Saleh
Poverty and terrorism PDF
Siddharta Mitra
Deadly contests: An economic note on al-Qaeda's reward system PDF
Raul Caruso, Andrea Locatelli
Saving lives in armed conflicts: What factors matter? PDF
Pavel A. Yakolev
United Nations peacekeeping: Limitations and prospects PDF
Nadege Sheehan
Entire issue PDF