Among the assets frozen by the U.S. are holdings of Libya's sovereign wealth fund. Such petrodollar funds have gained prominence in recent years.
Skilled professionals from poor Middle Eastern countries find the future is brighter abroad. But this brain drain is hurting poor countries like Jordan.
Political and economic turmoil in the Middle East is forcing American businesses to make contingency plans in a time of great uncertainty.
After an 18-day wave of demonstrations, President Hosni Mubarak hands control of Egypt to the military. Egypt's economy has ground to a halt since the turmoil started over two weeks ago.
The turmoil in Egypt continues to extend beyond the country's own borders. In Jordan, citizens are protesting President Hosni Mubarak's continuation of power. And that has added more uncertainty to business. Alisa Roth reports from Amman, Jordan.
In countries such as Egypt and Jordan, the poor are locked out and frustrated because a corrupt elite hogs opportunities and assets.
According to Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta, U.S. reports indicate that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could step down as early as Thursday night. Alisa Roth reports from Amman, Jordan, about the economic implications of an Egyptian democracy.