Up to now, the debate about International Monetary Fund (IMF) reform has been shaped largely by conversations among policy makers and scholars from countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). To remedy this imbalance, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) sponsored a regional workshop in Amman, Jordan, on March 10, 2008, at which representatives from Middle Eastern countries debated their needs and priorities for future services from the IMF. In addition to four other meetings that covered Asia, Central Asia, Africa and Latin America, the meeting in Jordan provided an opportunity to articulate a Middle Eastern perspective on the future global systemic needs that a reformed IMF should be prepared to address.
CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy and is full professor and interim assistant vice‑president of international relations at the University of Waterloo.
Farid Boussaid is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Stefano Pagliari is a PhD Candidate in Global Governance at the University of Waterloo.