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Oil for Food: The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East Paperback – 19 Apr 2015

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (19 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198729391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198729396
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.8 x 15.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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... it is to Woertz's credit that he has done such a skilled job of amassing and synthesizing a tremendous pile of historical and contemporary evidence (Max Ajl , The Journal of Peasant Studies)

This carefully researched book focuses on food security in the Middle East, especially in the Persian Gulf and on the Arabian Peninsula, but it ranges far beyond that subject to delve into the relative impact of oil and food on international trade and the likely effects of climate change on agricultural markets. (John Waterbury in Foreign Affairs)

Woertzs book is carefully and broadly researched. It will appeal to those interested in the political economies of food in the region as well as to students of the regions transnational linkages and pressures. (Pete W. Moore in the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES))

The books strength is its solid research that combines archival material with on-site visits and interviews. Woertzs deep knowledge of the region is evident in the discussion of the Gulf States overseas investments in agricultural projects. (Erika Weinthal in the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research (JNRPR))

The book provides a fascinating geopolitical history of Gulf food security, including the disruptions to food imports caused by World War II and the way that food imports have been used as a foreign policy tool by the United States and others in their dealings with the region. (Jane Harrigan in the Middle East Journal (MEJ))

What these historical tracks show is a pattern embedded in regional political ecology [] The pattern is Braudelian in its simplicity and recurrence, although also one dependent on the centrality of petroleum production to the contemporary economic system. It is the story which Eckart Woertz sets out to tell in Oil for food, the broadest canvass of regional food issues to emerge in some time. (Max Ajl in the Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS))

About the Author

Eckart Woertz is senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai, and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

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