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The persistently low oil prices since late 2014 have led a number of Gulf Cooperation Council countries to engage in major economic reform programs as well as serious belt tightening with respect to public expenditure. The aim of these programs is to permanently lower fiscal obligations and to diversify their economies away from a heavy dependence on oil and gas revenues. Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is the most serious example of such a renewed reform effort and it is worthy of careful study. Combined with these reforms the GCC countries have increased engagement with countries in East Asia, most notably China, which represent the most important future consumers of Middle Eastern energy resources. The economic models adopted by countries like China, and perhaps more importantly Singapore, have been noticed in the Gulf and there is a desire to reproduce some aspects of these. This has been especially the case in the smaller countries of the GCC, such as the United Arab Emirates, but now even Saudi Arabia wishes to follow suit. The Transregional Studies Institute at Princeton will be focusing in the academic years 2017-2018 on such questions of political economy as well as on the commercial and political ties between the Gulf and the rest of Asia across the Indian Ocean.


The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher related to the theme of the Political Economy of the Gulf and its Relations with East Asia. Applicants can be from the disciplines of history, politics, economics and international relations. The appointment will be for the year, September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018, with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding. Pending approval by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Dean of the Faculty, the researcher will be expected to teach a one-semester undergraduate course, which may be open to graduate students. S/he will be required to hold on-campus office hours during the semester they are teaching. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. degree and are expected to pursue independent research at Princeton and to participate in Institute-related activities on campus. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.


To Apply

Interested applicants must apply online at and submit a current curriculum vitae, a research statement (maximum length 2 pages), a cover letter, and contact information for three references. The deadline for application is June 18, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

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