Hossein Askari is Iran Professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University; before coming to GW, he was Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a BS in civil engineering and a PhD in economics from MIT.
He has written 27 books and over 150 professional articles in journals and books, including the American Economic Review, Princeton Essays in International Finance, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, International Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, Southern Economic Journal, the Economic Journal, National Tax Journal, Journal of Development Studies, Kyklos, World Development, World Economy and Energy Economics, His opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor and most other U.S. Newspapers.
His writings are on economic development in the Middle East, Islamic economics and finance, international trade and finance, agricultural economics, oil economics and economic sanctions. During 1978-1981, he was Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia. In the mid-1980s he directed an international team to develop the first energy plan for Saudi Arabia (with computerized domestic, regional and international models). He was a consultant to the Saudi Ministry of Planning, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.