Joseph Sassoon

Joseph Sassoon
Joseph Sassoon
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor

Received PhD from St Antony’s College, Oxford. Was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Writes extensively about the Arab World. Teaches courses at Georgetown spanning Political Economy of the Arab World; Modern Politics and History of Iraq, and also of Egypt; Politics and Economics of Authoritarianism; and Refugees in the Arab World. His third book: Saddam Hussein’s Ba`th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime won the British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East in 2013. Chosen as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars for the academic year 2014/15.

Areas of Expertise: Politics and History of the Arab World; Iraq; Authoritarianism; Political Economy & Economic History of the Arab World; Refugees

  • PhD St Antony’s College, Oxford



Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Arabic edition published by al-Kamel Verlag (Freiberg, Germany and Beirut, 2015).

The Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East (London and New York: I.B. Tauris and Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); paperback edition with a new preface, December 2010; Arabic translation published by the Arab Institute for Research and Publishing (Beirut and Amman, 2011).

Economic Policy in Iraq, 1932-1950 (London: Frank Cass & Co, 1987).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Iraq’s Political Economy post 2003: From Transition to Corruption,” International Journal for Contemporary Iraqi Studies (IJCIS), vol. 10, no. 1–2, Spring 2016.

“State Security, Information and Repression: A Comparison of Communist Bulgaria and Ba‘thist Iraq,” in collaboration with Martin Dimitrov, Journal of Cold War Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, Spring 2014, pp. 3–31.

“The East German Ministry of State Security and Iraq, 1968-1989,” Journal of Cold War Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, Winter 2014, pp. 4–23.

“The Iraqi Ba‘th Party Preparatory School and the “Cultural” Courses of the Branches,” Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 50, no. 1, 2014, pp. 27–42.

“Industrial Development in Iraq, 1958-1968,” Hamizrah Hehadash (The New East), 1981, vol. XXX, pp. 21-49.

Chapters in Edited Books

“The Brain Drain in Iraq Post the 2003 Invasion,” in Peter Sluglett, Hamit Bozarslan and Riccardo Bocco (eds.), Writing the History of Iraq: Historical and Political Challenges (World Scientific Publishers/Imperial College, 2012), pp. 379–391.

“Economic Policy in Iraq 2003-2009,” in Amnon Cohen and Noga Efrati (eds.), Post-Saddam Iraq: New Realities, Old Identities, Changing Patterns (Sussex Academic Press: UK, 2011), pp. 146–170.

“Management of Iraq’s Economy Pre and Post the 2003 War: An Assessment,” in Amatzia Baram, Achim Rohde and Ronen Zeidel (eds.), Iraq Between Occupations: Perspectives from 1920 to the Present (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 189–208.

“Iraq’s Economy and Its Brain Drain after the 2003 Invasion,” in Mokhtar Lamani and Bessma Momani (eds.), From Desolation to Reconstruction: Iraq’s Troubled Journey (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010), pp. 117–134.

“The Arab World in the Era of Globalization: An Economic Appraisal,” in Amnon Cohen (ed.), Democracy, Islam and the Middle East (The Harry Truman Research Institute, 2005), pp. 127–133.


“Iraq: Tackling Corruption and Sectarianism is More Critical than the Outcome of Elections,” Wilson Center, Middle East Program, Viewpoints, issue 53, March 2014.

“The U.S. Administration’s Policy in Iraq,” Wilson Center, Middle East Program, Viewpoints, issue 38, September 2013.

“Iraq’s Economy: Past, Present, and Future,” The Singapore Middle East Papers: Iraq History and Economics, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, vol. 3, Fall 2012.

“Economic Lessons from Iraq for the Countries of the Arab Spring,” Middle East Program Occasional Paper Series, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Spring 2, 2012.

“Comment les tyrans prennent leur decisions,” Le Monde Diplomatique, no. 695, Fevrier 2012.

“The Ba‘th Party and Political Education in Iraq,” The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII), issue no. 6–1, Spring 2011.

“The Implications of the Displacement of Iraq’s Population after the 2003 Invasion,” The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII), issue no. 4–2, Fall 2009.

“Brain Drain and Return,” Middle East Institute, web article, July 2008.

“Round up of news about Arab Society,” a quarterly summary of human development in the Arab world based on newspapers published in the Arab world, Hamizrah Hehadash (The New East), 1974-1980.