Anne Mariel Peters Zimmermann is senior country credit risk manager at Swiss Re, near Zurich Switzerland. She specializes in comparative political economy and Middle East politics. She was previously an assistant professor at Wesleyan University and has also lectured at the University of St. Gallen and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Zimmerman’s most recent book, “U.S. Assistance, Development, and Hierarchy in the Middle East,” was published in 2017. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2009.
Special Relationships, Dollars, and Development: U.S. Foreign Aid and State-Building Egypt, Jordan, South Korea, and Taiwan
In Peters’s dissertation, she aimed to explain the relationship among U.S. aid, regime stability, and economic outcomes. She argued that weak institutional legacies and disparate regime coalitions have compelled Jordanian and Egyptian elites to undertake a strategy of redistribution of aid, distorting state institutions and driving up the real exchange rate, while unified coalitions and strong institutional legacies allowed Taiwanese and Korean elites to marshal aid funds toward the creation of developmental institutions. Peters provided a much-needed description of the coalitional politics of foreign aid in Egypt and Jordan, and emphasized the importance of political feasibility when formulating U.S. aid strategies.