In a nutshell

This website is my free thinking space. I also use it for sharing my publications and their underlying data and codes.

A few words...

It's easy to get me elated — talk to me about public policy and economics in New Zealand or the Middle East over a cup of black coffee. I'd enjoy the chat even more if we both knew how little we generally know and how systematically biased we can be.

I'm Syrian. I hold a PhD in Economics and currently work as a Senior Analyst at the New Zealand Treasury and as an independent author and consultant on Syria. I'm also a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute.

I do not comment here on New Zealand policy issues due to the nature of my job.

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* I publish original research on Syria's political economy roughly once a month