Pete Moore

M.A. Hanna Associate Professor of Politics
College of Arts and Sciences
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Political Science.
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Information

Research Interests

Research interests focus on economic development and state-society relations in the Middle East and Africa; specifically, Gulf Arab States and Levant; business-state relations, privatization, and decentralization; sub-state conflict and regional security. Professor Moore currently serves on the Editorial Committee of the Middle East Report and is a member of the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies.


“A Political-Economic History of Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate: Authoritarian State-Building and Fiscal Crisis,” Middle East Journal, 73 (2), Summer 2019.

“The Fiscal Politics of Rebellious Grievance in the Arab World: Egypt and Jordan in Comparative Perspective,” The Journal of Development Studies, 53 (10) 2017.

“The Bread Revolutions of 2011 and the Political Economies of Transition,” Woodrow Wilson Center and United Institute of Peace, May 2013.

“The Bread Revolutions of 2011: Teaching Political Economies of the Middle East,” PS: Political Science and Politics, April 2013.

Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World, co-authored with Rex Brynen, Bassel F. Salloukh, and Marie-Joelle Zahar, Lynne Rienner Publishers, October 2012.

Sovereign Wealth and Ruler Loot,” Jadaliyya, October 11, 2011.

“Guilty Bystanders: Jordan, Kuwait, and the Iran-Iraq War,” Middle East Report, Winter 2010.

“Making Big Money on Iraq,” Middle East Report, Fall 2009.

“Beyond Boom and Bust: External Rents, Durable Authoritarianism, and Institutional Adaptation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” (coauthored with Anne Peters), Studies in Comparative International Development, forthcoming issue 44 (2) 2009.

“HAMAS inside the Beltway,” Middle East Law and Governance, (1) 2009.

The War Economy of Iraq,” (with Christopher Parker) Middle East Report, 243, Summer 2007.

The Secret Iraq Documents My Eight Year-Old Found,”, May 18, 2007

Doing Business in the Middle East: Politics and Economic Crisis in Jordan and Kuwait, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

“Commerce and conflict: How the US effort to counter terrorism with trade may backfire,” (with Andrew Shrank) Middle East Policy, Fall 2003.

The newest Jordan: free trade, peace, and an ace in the hole” Middle East Report Onlilne, June 26, 2003

Rentier Fiscal Crisis and Regime Stability in the Middle East: Business and State in the Gulf,” Studies in Comparative International Development, Volume 37, Number 1, Spring 2002.