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My name is Marcus Marktanner and I am a Professor of Economics and International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.

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Marcus Marktanner

About Me

I grew up in Freiberg am Neckar, 15 miles North of Stuttgart, Germany. In Freiberg, I went to school from 1973 to 1986.

After I graduated from high school ("Abitur"), I completed the mandatory military service in the Air Transportation Squadron 61 in Penzing, Bavaria (1986-1987).

In the Fall of 1987, I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and graduated in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration ("Diplom-Kaufmann").

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and I became a real-time witness to Germany's reunification and the revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe. Fascinated by the political and economic changes around me, I decided to study them in more detail.

After I graduated from Bayreuth, I became a doctoral student and lecturer in the Economics Department of the Technical University in Ilmenau, Thuringia, located in the former Eastern part of Germany. I received my PhD in Economics in 1997. In my doctoral thesis, I analyzed the political economy of reintegrating transformation economies into the world economy.

After receiving my Doctorate, I held teaching and research positions at the University of North Texas (1998-1999 and 2002-2003), the University of Nuremberg, Germany (1999-2002), and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2003-2011).

After eight wonderful and exciting years in Lebanon, which were only overshadowed by regular moments of political instability, my family and I began to consider another move. When looking for a new position to continue my teaching and research interests in development, comparative and conflict economics, we found the perfect match with Kennesaw State University (KSU). Since June 2011, I have a dual appointment at KSU's Coles College of Business and the PhD program in International Conflict Management.

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Contact

Marcus Marktanner

Professor of Economics and Int'l Conflict Management

Coles College of Business and Int'l Conflict Management Program
560 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: (770) 578-7750
Email: mmarktan@kennesaw.edu

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Short Bio

Marcus Marktanner is Professor of Economics and International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Analysis of the Coles College of Business and the PhD Program in International Conflict Management of the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development.

He received his PhD from the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany in 1997. In his doctoral thesis he examined the political economy of the economic transformation process of former socialist economies.

Before joining the faculty of Kennesaw State University in June 2011, he held teaching and research positions in Lebanon, the USA, and Germany. His research focuses on comparative economics, economic development, and conflict economics.

He has published in journals such as Energy Policy, Journal of International Development, Journal of Economic Studies, Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, and the Journal of Developing Areas. He also contributed chapters to various books.

He has consulted the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the World Food Program (WFP), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

He also regularly contributes to the work of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as an author and speaker on the topic of the Social Market Economy.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Doctor rer. pol. (PhD in Economics), Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, 1997.
Dissertation Title: Systemtransformation und Kluberweiterung (System Transformation and Club Enlargement). Published as: Marktanner, M. (1997). Systemtransformation und Kluberweiterung - Chancen und Risiken der Aufnahme von Reformstaaten in Integrierte Wirtschaftsraeume, Deutscher Universitaetsverlag, Wiesbaden, Germany.

MS in Applied Economics, University of North Texas, 1999.

Diplom-Kaufmann (BA in Business Administration), University of Bayreuth, Germany, 1992.

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Positions

Associate Professor of Economics and Int'l Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University (June 1, 2011 - Present).

Associate Professor of Economics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (October 1, 2010 - May 31, 2011).

Assistant Professor of Economics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (September 15, 2003 - September 30, 2010).

Visiting Research Scientist, University of North Texas, Center for Economic Development and Research (June 1, 2002 - August 30, 2003).

Hochschulassistent (Assistant Professor), University of Nuremberg, Germany (July 1, 1999 - April 30, 2002).

Post-doctoral research fellow and Masters student, University of North Texas, Center for Economic Development and Research (June 1, 1998 - May 30, 1999).

Instructor of Economics and Doctoral Student of Economics, Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany (October 15, 1992 - March 31, 1998).

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Journal Articles

Published in journals listed in the Rankings of the Association of Business Schools (ABS) or the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC):
Did 9/11 change the New York state of mind? Lessons from NYC’s Leisure and Hospitality Labour Market (with Rebecca LeFebvre). Tourism Economics, Vol. 20, Number 4, August 2014, pp. 831-848. Food Price Crisis, Poverty, and Inequality (with Luc Noiset). The Developing Economies, Volume 51, Issue 3, September 2013, 303–320.

Legitimacy and Market Development Risks of Sovereign Wealth Funds (with Michael Hanna), International Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 9, No. 4/5/6, 2013, 400-415.

Social versus conservative democracies and homicide rates (with Luc Noiset), International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 40 (4), 2013, pp.292 - 310.

An Explorative Study in Qualitative Regime Transitions (with Lana Salman and Hania Bekdash). Journal of International Development, 24(2), 2012, 152-166.

Economic and Geopolitical Dimensions of Renewable vs. Nuclear Energy in North Africa (with Lana Salman). Energy Policy, Elsevier, 39(8), 2011, 4479-4489.

Potentials of Democratization, Demilitarization, Industrialization, and Contraception (with Joanna Nasr). Journal of Economic Studies, 36(3), 2009, 236-249.

Development against all Odds? The Case of Lebanon (with Samir Makdisi). Review of Middle Eastern Economics and Finance, 4(3), 2008, Article 4.

Resource Mobilization Climates in the World (with Joanna Nasr). Journal of Developing Areas, 41(2), 2008, 27-43.

Externalities, International Policy Cooperation and Systems Competition. Global Business and Economics Review, 6(1), 2004, 171-183.

Why do Politicians in Developed Nations Prefer Foreign Trade Policy to Income Redistribution to Counteract Income inequality Resulting from Globalization? Global Business and Economics Review, 2(2), 2000, 235-245.

Other:
"Even it Up," Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der Oxfam-Studie, Die Politische Meinung, Zeitschrift für Politik, Gesellschaft, Religion und Kultur, Ausgabe (Issue) 532, 2015, 44-47.

From Armed Conflict to Disaster Vulnerability (with Luc Noiset and Eddie Mienie), Disaster Management and Prevention, Vol. 24, Issue 1, 2015, 53-69.

Pancasila – Roadblock or Pathway to Economic Development? (with Maureen Wilson), Journal of Applied Economics in Developing Countries, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2014, p. 1-13 (published by University of Sebelas Maret,Java, Indonesia).

The Social Market Economy – Assembled in Germany, Not Made in Germany!, The EuroAtlantic Union Review: Vol. 1 - No. 0/2014, 77-114.

Does Initial Inequality Prevent Trade Development? A Political-Economy Approach (with Nagham Sayour). Trade and Development Review, 2(2), 2009, 93-105.

Consenso de Washington vs. Economía Social de Mercado (with Joerg Winterberg). Dialogo Politico, 26(1), 2009, 99-131.

What does General System Theory say about Economic Transition? Central European Political Science Review, 5(17), 2004, 6-13.

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Book Chapters

The Economic Cost of the Arab Uprising on the Lebanese Economy (with Maureen E. Wilson and Sandra El-Saghir), In Maximilian Felsch and Martin Wahlisch (Ed.), Lebanon and the Arab Uprisings In the Eye of the Hurricane, Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge (Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series), 2016, pp. 119-134.

The Economic Cost of Wasta in the Arab World: An Empirical Approach (with Maureen Wilson), In Mohamed A. Ramady (Ed.), The Political Economy of Wasta: Use and Abuse of Social Capital Networking, Springer International Publishing, 2016, 79-94.

Elite-Led Consideration of the Role of Women in MENA Politics - Some Initial Experimental Findings (with Brian Calfano and Christina Michelmore), In Brian Calfano (Ed.), Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post-Arab Spring: Mediators and Microfoundations, York City: Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington Books), 2014, pp. 151-171. Introduction to "Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post-Arab Spring: Mediators and Microfoundations" (with Brian Calfano), In Brian Calfano (Ed.), Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post-Arab Spring: Mediators and Microfoundations, York City: Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington Books), 2014, pp. 1-34. A Social Market Economy Perspective on Khaldun’s Teachings. In Thomas Birringer (Ed.), The Social Market Economy and Islamic Finance, Common Value-Based Approaches, Abu Dhabi, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 2011, 96-112.

Consenso de Washington vs. Economia Social de Mercado (with Joerg Winterberg, reprint). In Susanne Kaess and Ivan Velasquez Castellanos (Ed.), Una Mirada a la Teoría, a los Modelos Económicos, a las Bases Conceptuales y al Modelo de la “Economía Social de Mercado.” La Paz: Fundacion Konrad Adenauer, 2011, 101-125.

The Social Market Economy – Conception and Misconceptions. In Susanne Kaess and Ivan Velasquez Castellanos (Ed.), Una Mirada a la Teoría, a los Modelos Económicos, a las Bases Conceptuales y al Modelo de la “Economía Social de Mercado.” La Paz: Fundacion Konrad Adenauer, 2011, 237-257.

Adressing the Marketing Problem of the Social Market Economy. In Glossner C. and Gregosz, D. (Ed.), 60 Years of Social Market Economy - Formation, Development and Perspectives of a Peacemaking Formula. St. Augustin/Berlin: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2010, pp. 170-188.

Precarious Consociationalism: Lebanon's Predicament in Promoting Development (with Samir Makdisi). In K. C. Roy, A. Medhekar, and Hemant Chittoo (Ed.), Readings in World Development, Globalization and Development: Country Experiences, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2010, 191-206.

Lebanon: The Constrained Democracy and its National Developmental Impact (with Samir Makdisi and Fadia Kiwan). In Ibrahim Elbadawi and Samir Makdisi (Ed.), Democracy in the Arab World: Explaining the Deficit, Routledge, London, 2010, pp. 115-141.

Germany's Social Market Economy - A Development Model for the Arab world? In Hardy Ostry (Ed.), Freedom and Order for more Justice, Amman: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Regional Program Near East / Mediterranean, 2008, 29-30.

Rhetoric vs. Reality in Palestine’s Political Development (with Emile Sahliyeh and Susan Goedeken). In Henner Fuertig (Ed.), The Arab Authoritarian Regime between Reform and Persistence. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, 103-136.

Resource Curse Spillovers in the Middle East (with Joanna Nasr). In A. Abdel Gadir Ali (Ed.), Issues in the Design of Development Policies. Kuwait City: Arab Planning Institute, 2006, 205-224.

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Conference Proceeding

The Role of Foreign Direct Investment for Economic Development in the MENA Region (with Simon Neaime). In E. Mine Cinar (Loyola University Chicago) (Ed.), Topics in Middle Eastern Economies and North Africa. 2009 Proceedings of the Middle East Economic Association, vol. 11, selected papers presented in the 29th International Conference of MEEA in San Francisco, CA, January 2-5, 2009.

Trapped by Consociationalism: The Case of Lebanon (with Samir Makdisi). In E. Mine Cinar (Loyola University Chicago) (Ed.), Topics in Middle Eastern Economies and North Africa. 2009 Proceedings of the Middle East Economic Association, vol. 11, selected papers presented in the 29th International Conference of MEEA in San Francisco, CA, January 2-5, 2009.

Determinants of Investment Climates.In Demetri Kantarelis (Ed.), Global Business and Economics Review - Anthology 2005, Worcester, MA. Selected papers from the 2005 Business and Economics Society International Annual Meeting, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, July 22-25, 2005, 120-127.

Income Inequality and Democratization. In Demetri Kantarelis (Ed.), Global Business and Economics Review - Anthology 2005, Worcester, MA. Selected papers from the 2005 Business and Economics Society International Annual Meeting, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, July 22-25, 2005, 112-119.

Fragile Democratization – Please Handle With Care! In: Demetri Kantarelis (Ed.), Global Business and Economics Review - Anthology 2004. Selected papers from the 2004 Business and Economics Society International Annual Meeting, Island of Rhodes, Greece, July 19-22, 2004, 515-523.

Hosting the Olympics – Business and the Economy (with L. Bradley, T. W. Brathwaite, T. Fent, C. Veloutsou). In: Demetri Kantarelis (Ed.), Global Business and Economics Review - Anthology 2004. Selected papers from the 2004 Business and Economics Society International Annual Meeting, Island of Rhodes, Greece, July 19-22, 2004, 602-613.

Growth, Social Conflict, and Democracy. In Demetri Kantarelis (Ed.),Global Business and Economics Review - Anthology 2003. Selected papers from the 2003 Business and Economics Society International Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, July 24-28, 2003, 346-356.

Is there a Limit in Transition from Plan to Market? Anthology of the 5th Convention of the East Asian Economic Association on Financial Interdependence of the East Asian Economies, Bangkok, Thailand, October 25-26, 1996, vol. Volume A-2-4, 1-12.

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Consulting

Food and Agriculture Organization, The Burden of War on Food Security - The Case of Yemen and Syria, March - June 2017, Cairo, Egypt.

United Nations World Food Program, Market Study: Food Markets in Syria - Market Capacity, Early Warning Strategies, and Restructuring of Safety Nets, August 2010 - May 15 2011, Damascus, Syria.

Regional United Nations Development Group Arab States/Middle East/North Africa, Position Paper: Nexus of Climate Change and Food Security, August 2009-March 2011, Cairo, Egypt.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), Report: Food Security and Conflict in the ESCWA Region, October 2009-September 2010, Beirut, Lebanon.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, The National Economic, Environment and Development Studies (NEEDS) for Climate Change Project, August 2009-Juni 2010, Beirut, Lebanon and Bonn, Germany.

Region-wide Review of Reforms to National Food Subsidy and Safety Net Programmes: Opportunities for WFP Capacity Support, March 2009-August, 2009.

United Nations World Food Program, Background paper: Food Markets and Food Security in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Palestine, June 2008-October 2008, Cairo, Egypt.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), Background paper: Economic Policies for Addressing Industrialization and Trade Development in the ESCWA-Region, January 2005-February 2005, Beirut, Lebanon.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), Background paper: National/Regional Resource Mobilization, Productivity Dynamics, and Growth in the ESCWA Region, October 2004-December 2004, Beirut, Lebanon.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), Background paper: Institutional Impediments to Trade Development of ESCWA Countries – A Survey, November 2003-January 2004, Beirut, Lebanon.

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Presentations, Guest Lectures, and Workshops

The Economics of Food Security, Course given at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Masters of Food and Agribusiness), November 13-18, 2017.

Principles of the Social and Ecological Market Economy, One Day Seminar given to Professors and Lecturers at the University of Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City, Guatemala, November 8, 2017.

Social Market Economy from a Comparative Economic Perspective, Public Lecture given at Economics Department, University Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City, Guatemala, November 7, 2017.

Measuring the Burden of War Beyond the Dead Body Count – The Case of Yemen and Syria, Public Lecture given at Escuela de Gobierno, Guatemala City, Guatemala, September 29, 2017.

From the Social Market Economy to the Social and Ecological Market Economy, Visiting Lecture in Joint University Rafael Landivar and Konrad Adenauer Foundation Post Graduate Course on the Social Market Economy, University Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City, Guatemala, September 29, 2017.

The Social Market Economy from a Comparative Economic Perspective, Public lecture given at Escuela de Gobierno, Guatemala City, Guatemala, September 28, 2017.

The Social Market Economy - History and Applicability to the Amazon Region, Postgraduate Course on Social and Ecological Market Economy, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, July 23-27, 2017.

The Social Market Economy - History and Applicability to the Amazon Region, Modelo econômico para a região amazônica: Contribuições da Economia Social e Ambiental de Mercado, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Brazil and Saude y Alegria, Brazil, Santarem, Brazil, June 19-23, 2017.

How to Measure the Burden of War beyond the Dead Body Count? The Case of Syria, 37th Annual Meeting of Middle East Economic Association, Chicago, IL, January 5-8, 2017

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Multimedia

A Framework for Assessing the Economic Cost of an Ebola Outbreak (with Dlorah Jenkins), Brown Bag Seminar, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University, Atlanta, November 5, 2014

Press Conference on launch of 2010 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Report (UNCTAD), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Beirut, Lebanon, September 14, 2010

TV Interview with Sobhiya Najjar, Future News, on Food Security and Food Safety in Lebanon, July 27, 2010

Live TV interview with May Fawaz on 2008 US Elections, Future News Lebanon, November 3, 2008

The Role of the Economy in the 2008 US Elections, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud Center for American Studies and Research panel discussion on “Real Change? – A Forum on US Election,” Beirut, Lebanon, October 30, 2008

Can the Arab Region Have a Modern Political Economy? Lessons from the Rest of the World (with Lana Salman and Hania Bekdash), Public lecture, AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs Public Lecture, Beirut, Lebanon, March 13, 2008

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In the News

Middle East Online, Legitimizing State Failure by Democracy, October 6, 2013.

Jerusalem Post, Egypt's Dilemma, July 28, 2013.

Middle East Executive, Doubts for Arab Democracy, Uprisings Necessary but not Sufficient for a Better Future, June 2012, pp. 36 f..

The Daily Star Lebanon, quoted in Paula Jahn's article "Lebanese middle class diminishing in size," February 1, 2012.

National Post, quoted in Peter Goodspeed's article "As Syria faces war, international leaders impose sanctions as a last hope," November 19, 2011.

The Media Line, quoted in David Rosenberg's Article "Syria's economic woes threaten support for regime," article appeared in, for example, in The Jerusalem Post, November 17, 2011.

Financial Times, quoted in Abigail Fielding Smith's article "Bracing for impact of regional turmoil," June 7, 2011.

Financial Times, quoted in Najmeh Bozorgmehr's article "Business reluctant to cut loose from Assad," June 2, 2011.

The Media Line, quoted in David Rosenberg's Article "Syrian tycoon finds himself at the center of the storm," article appeared in, for example, The Jerusalem Post, May 16, 2011.

The Daily Star Lebanon, quoted in Dana Khraiche's article "Taming Lebanon's Rising Gas Prices," May 12, 2011.

The Washington Times, quoted in Heather Murdoch's article "After Mubarak, what’s next for Egypt?" February 16, 2011.

The Daily Star Lebanon, quoted in Tamara Qiblawi's article "Lebanese Economy still unaffected by Egyptian events," February 2, 2011.

Financial Times, quoted in Abigail Fielding-Smith's article "Crisis exposes Lebanon’s weaknesses," January 24, 2011.

Financial Times, quoted in Abigail Fielding-Smith's article "Banking: In need of new business model," November 19, 2010.

The Daily Star Lebanon, quoted in Dana Halawi's article "Report calls for bigger role for public sector to boost Lebanon's economic development," September 15, 2010.

The Media Line, quoted in Adam Gonn's article "Turkey, Lebanon , Syria and Jordan to Set Up Free Trade Zone," June 13, 2010.

The Media Line, quoted in Adam Gonn's article "Lebanon prepares for summer tourist invasion," article appeared in, for example, The Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2010.

The Daily Star Lebanon, quoted in article "No difference' between Obama, McCain," November 1, 2008.

The Daily Star Lebanon, quoted in Andrew Wander's article "Oil, conflict with Israel keep Arab autocrats afloat - study," October 27, 2008.

The Daily Star Lebanon, quoted in article "Sectarian political system costs each Lebanese citizen nearly $24,000 per year," February 25, 2008.

The Daily Star Lebanon, quoted in Iman Azzi's article "Panel discusses corrosive effect of foreign influence on Lebanese democracy," April 16, 2007.

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Teaching

Courses taught at Kennesaw State University (2011 - present)

Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
- ECON 1000 - Contemporary Economic Issues
- ECON 1000 - Contemporary Economic Issues - ONLINE
- ECON 1100 - Global Economics
- ECON 2100 - Principles of Microeconomics
- ECON 2200 - Principles of Macroeconomics
- ECON 2200 - Principles of Macroeconomics - ONLINE
- ECON 2300 - Business Statistics
- ECON 2300 - Business Statistics - Online
- ECON 3300 - Applied Statistical and Optimization Models
- ECON 3300 - Applied Statistical and Optimization Models - ONLINE
- ECON 4310 - Development Economics
- ECON 8610 - International Business Perspectives

PhD Program in International Conflict Management
- INCM 9102 - Quantitative Methods
- INCM 9210 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
- INCM 9005 - The Economics of Conflict
- INCM Boot Camp 2014 (with Dr. Jennifer Priestley)

Courses taught at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2003-2011)

Masters Level
- Price Theory
- The Econometrics of Financial Markets

Undergraduate
- Introductory Microeconomic Theory
- Industrial Organization and Public Policy
- Economic Policy for Developing Countries
- Development Economics I (Micro)
- Development Economics II (Macro)
- The Economics of the Middle East
- Applied Econometrics
- The Economics of Food Security

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Visiting Lectures

Economics, University of Applied Sciences, Bernburg, Germany, December 14-17,2016.

Geoeconomics, SUA, Kabul, Afghanistan, May 4 - 20, 2015.

Income, Employment, and Growth, SUA, Kabul, Afghanistan, May 4 - 20, 2015.

The Economics of Food Security, University of Applied Sciences, Bernburg, Germany, April 13-18, 2015, April 7-14, 2014.

The Economies of the Arab World, Philips University Marburg – University of Damascus joint Masters Program in Economic Change in the Arab Region (ECAR), Damascus, Syria, Fall 2010.

The Economics of European Integration, Philips University Marburg – University of Damascus joint Masters Program in Economic Change in the Arab Region (ECAR), Damascus, Syria, Fall 2009, Fall 2010.

Globalization and Regionalization, College for Modern Business Studies, Tatabanya, Hungary, Int’l Week, April 6-11, 2008.

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