Economic intelligence; Economics of national security; Economics of terrorism
Robert E. Looney is professor of National Security Affairs, and Associate Chairman of Instruction, Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has written twenty books on various aspects of economic development including: Economic Development in Saudi Arabia: Consequences of the Oil Price Decline with a Foreword by Raymond Mikesell (Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1990); The Economic Causes and Consequences of Defense Expenditures in the Middle East and South Asia (with David Winterford), with a Foreword by Steve Chan (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1994); Manpower Policies and Development in the Persian Gulf Region (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1994); Industrialization in the Arabian Gulf with a Foreword by C.A. Sinclair (Greenwich Conn.: JAI Press, 1994); The Economics of Third World Defense Expenditures with a Foreword by Charles Wolf (Greenwich Conn.: JAI Press, 1995); and The Pakistani Economy: Economic Growth and Structural Reform (Praeger Publishers, 1997). He is currently working on a book forecasting alternative futures for the Saudi Arabian economy. In addition, he has articles appearing numerous professional journals including: Journal of Energy and Development, Journal of Development Economics, Middle Eastern Studies, Orient, OPEC Review, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change, American-Arab Affairs, Iranian Studies, Pakistan Development Review, South Asia, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Contemporary South Asia.
Dr. Looney received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. He has been a development economist at the Stanford Research Institute as well as a faculty member at the University of California at Davis, and the University of Santa Clara. He has been an adviser to the governments of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Jamaica, and Mexico. His regional interests are government budgets, defense expenditures and economic planning in the Middle East/South Asian region.
Many of Dr. Looney's publications are available on his web page.