Transport infrastructure and regional integration in the Middle East

El-Anis, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-6918-4544, 2021. Transport infrastructure and regional integration in the Middle East. Muslim World, 111 (1), pp. 27-53. ISSN 0027-4909

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Abstract

The soft aspects of the infrastructure of regionalism in the Middle East have previously been studied, while the impact of the region’s hard infrastructure, in particular transport infrastructure, has received little attention. This paper contributes to the study of regionalism in the Middle East by investigating the relationship between hard infrastructure and economic integration. It analyses whether the state of domestic and cross-border transport infrastructure in the region promotes regional trade. This is done by addressing the following sub-questions: 1) What is the condition of domestic and cross-border transport infrastructure in the Middle East? 2) What is the relationship between domestic and cross-border transport infrastructure and regional trade? These questions are answered by examining Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey as a representative sample of the broader region. It is argued that regionalism relies on the development of domestic and cross-border transport infrastructure and where the latter is limited, regionalism cannot deepen. The study concludes that domestic and cross-border transport infrastructure performance is weak in several of the countries studied and that this weakness hinders regional economic integration regardless of the level of the region’s soft infrastructure.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Muslim World
Creators: El-Anis, I.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 7 February 2021
Volume: 111
Number: 1
ISSN: 0027-4909
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/muwo.12371DOI
1394427Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 26 May 2021 09:27
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 14:01
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42918

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