Regional Integration: Whither Arab Free Trade Area?

Bashar H. Malkawi
University of Sharjah
My inquiry will assess why, many decades after first attempts of economic integration, Arab countries have not been more successful in emulating the success of the European Union, a paradigm of successful economic integration. Specifically, I will explore obstacles to Arab economic integration and address the political and economic factors that play a role to achieve this goal. The central hypothesis of this paper is that there must be fundamental structural changes in Arab economic integration agreements.
Keywords economic integration  Arab countries  Arab Free Trade Area
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