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.