Prof. Dr. Seong Min Hong is currently the dean of Korea Institute of the Mideast Economies of Research Institute of the East-West Economy & Society. He is one Korea's most distinguished experts on Middle Eastern Economics. Over the past 30 years he has been studying major topics on the Middle East at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies as a research professor. He obtained his BA and MA at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and PhD at Chongju University in Korea. He has many books and articles about the Middle East. His books are Arabia Felix, Yemen (2010), Islamic Economy and Finance (2009), Hangunui Arabia, Yemen (2006), The Economics of the Middle East (1991), Islamic Economics (1985, 1987), etc. His many articles written in English include “The New Silk Road and Energy Silk Road in the 21stCentury” (2012), “Role of Turkmenistan on the new silk road in the 21st century” (2011), “Food Security and Water Resources in the Middle East.” (2008), “The Role of Muslim in Korean Economy: Past and Present.” (2008), “Commercial Relations between Korea and the Middle East in the Medieval Ages." (2002), and “Korean Studies in Yemen” (2000).
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