B – Trends in Middle Eastern countries’ science production

Habibzadeh F. Geopolitical changes and trends in Middle Eastern countries’ contributions to world science over the past three decades. Archives of Iranian Medicine 2011;14(5):310-311

It is not possible to study the Middle East science growth without considering its geopolitical changes. Despite a nearly constant tension over the past 3 decades, science production of this region has grown nearly four times faster than the world’s pace. In particular Iran and Turkey had a fast scientific growth, followed by Cyprus, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. In the 1990s, in the aftermath of the Iraq-Iran war, Iran developed the necessary infrastructure for research and then allocated a larger budget to its research sector, with an astronomical scientific growth – mostly in medicine, agriculture, and nuclear technology.