Does Syria's external trade policy have any significant impact on its internal process of economic reform? Against the backdrop of this question, the authors focus on the country's engagement with two free-trade regimes - the EU-Mediterranean partnership and GAFTA - as well as on its involvement in several bilateral agreements. They also look specifically at the impact of trade liberalization on Syria's all-important textile and olive oil industries. This title assesses Syria's evolving foreign trade policy and the impact of that policy on the country's economic reform process.
Samer Abboud is assistant professor of political science at Susquehanna University. Salam Said is a researcher with the Institute for World Economics and International Management at the University of Bremen.
Introduction. Syrian Trade Policy. The Effect of Trade Liberalization on Syrian Industry: The Cases of the Textile and Olive Oil Industries.