Out Of The Middle East

Author: Kamal Shair
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857715461
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Out Of The Middle East from the Author: Kamal Shair. Kamal Shair's book is a classic rags to riches story: the village boy, who with determination and education, achieves business success, wealth, more wealth, and then influence and power. What makes it unusual is that it emanates from the Arab world. Rarely among Arabs have individuals from thoroughly modest backgrounds, with no access to links, networks or connections become truly global commercial players. Shair was born in a small town in what was then Transjordan and dragged himself through school (his mother was illiterate), moved to college in Beirut, then sailed off to America (Michigan and Yale) and returned to the Middle East to create a multinational corporate empire engaged in trade, construction and manufacturing. Dar al Handasah – Arabic for House of Engineers – was founded in a small flat in Beirut and today spans the globe with offices in 37 countries. In its early years, Dar al Handasah fought off competition from established western consultancies to win contracts for prestige engineering throughout the Middle East. Eventually its activities extended further to Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. By not following the usual pattern of patronage and favours Kamal Shair applied a fresh kind of ethic in an environment with a loosely-structured business ethic. In the process he lived through and witnessed at first hand and at close quarters some of the most dramatic events of the modern Arab world. This is quite an extraordinary tale and a very original prism through which to read the turbulent post-World War II history of the Middle East. At the same time we see the growth, despite all the odds, of one of the world’s great engineering and business enterprises in a narrative of epic and inspirational proportions.

Ways Out Of War

Author: Mona Fixdal
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137030535
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Ways Out Of War from the Author: Mona Fixdal. How do peacemakers end wars? This book explores the work of ten diplomats who were charged with negotiating conclusions to intractable conflicts in the Middle East and Balkans. The first study to combine the outlooks of practitioners and academics, Ways out of War shows how peacemaking has struggled to respond to new forms of war, especially asymmetrical warfare between state and non-state actors. It shows these diplomats straining to solve major challenges, such as negotiating with war criminals, balancing peace against justice, handling spoilers, setting the timing of peace initiatives, and building or rebuilding state structures. By focusing on these questions from individual peacemakers' points of view, Ways out of War paints a vivid picture of peacemaking, one with full scope for the play of personalities—but one, too, that is critical, comparative, and fully informed by theoretical literature. It makes compelling and essential reading for all students of negotiation and conflict resolution, as well as for any reader who takes an interest in the Balkans, the Middle East, or the ten notable diplomats at its heart.


Author: Leon T. Hadar
Publisher: Cato Institute
ISBN: 9780932790941
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Quagmire from the Author: Leon T. Hadar. The author, a foreign policy analyst, states what he believes is wrong and dangerous in the current American posture in the Middle East and develops some policy recommendations on that basis

The Superpowers And The Middle East

Author: Fawaz A. Gerges
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The Superpowers And The Middle East from the Author: Fawaz A. Gerges. This is an excellent first book by a young Lebanese scholar. He brings analytical sophistication and detailed knowledge of a wide variety of sources to bear on a crucial period when the Cold War was being fought out in the Middle East. He is quick to note that neither the United States nor the Soviet Union was particularly successful in exerting its influence in the region. In addition, the local powers quickly learned to exploit the superpower rivalry. He also vividly conveys how the Israeli challenge exacerbated inter-Arab relations. Finally, relying on Arabic sources, he gives a glimpse into the internal decision-making of Egypt and other Arab states, noting that they often overestimated their importance to outside powers. This well-researched and objective study is a welcome addition to serious history written by Middle East scholars from the region. -- from Foreign Affairs (May/June 1995).

Peace Out Of Reach

Author: Stephen Eric Bronner
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813137136
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Peace Out Of Reach from the Author: Stephen Eric Bronner. In Peace Out of Reach, Stephen Eric Bronner offers an intriguing analysis and eyewitness account of the political and ideological conflicts plaguing the Middle East. Sharply critical of the United States' policies in Afghanistan and Iraq and concerned about our nation's declining credibility throughout the world, Bronner examines the unexplored possibilities and recurrent roadblocks in the struggle for peace. Whether visiting academics in Iran, refugees in Palestine, or the president of Syria, Bronner seeks to listen and learn. These experiences have shaped Bronner's understanding of how the political crises in the Middle East have dramatically influenced Western politics and culture. Peace Out of Reach also investigates the extraordinary controversies generated by the publication of blasphemous cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, the religious conservatism of Pope Benedict XVI, the character of contemporary anti-Semitism, and the connection between human rights and personal faith. Peace Out of Reach is both a study in foreign policy and a philosophical inquiry that raises profound ethical questions about the world and the United States' role in it. It links experience with erudition and objective analysis with strategic proposals for change. This book will undoubtedly resonate with all people seeking an alternative to the discredited policies of the past. It contributes mightily to the cultivation of a cosmopolitan and democratic politics.

The Middle East

Author: Panayiotis J. Vatikiotis
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415158497
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The Middle East from the Author: Panayiotis J. Vatikiotis. This absorbing account of the politics of the Middle East over the last fifty years explores issues of strong contemporary interest such as ethnicity and democracy. It is a stimulating introduction to a complex political landscape.

The Middle East In China S Foreign Policy 1949 1977

Author: Yitzhak Shichor
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521222143
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The Middle East In China S Foreign Policy 1949 1977 from the Author: Yitzhak Shichor. This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of China's Middle Eastern policy.

The Middle East And Islamic World Reader

Author: Marvin E. Gettleman
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802194524
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The Middle East And Islamic World Reader from the Author: Marvin E. Gettleman. In this insightful anthology, historians Marvin E. Gettleman and Stuart Schaar have assembled a broad selection of documents and contemporary scholarship to give a view of the history of the peoples from the core Islamic lands, from the Golden Age of Islam to today. With carefully framed essays beginning each chapter and brief introductory notes accompanying over seventy readings, the anthology reveals the multifaceted societies and political systems of the Islamic world. Selections range from theological texts illuminating the differences between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, to diplomatic exchanges and state papers, to memoirs and literary works, to manifestos of Islamic radicals. This newly revised and expanded edition covers the dramatic changes in the region since 2005, and the popular uprisings that swept from Tunisia in January 2011 through Egypt, Libya, and beyond. The Middle East and Islamic World Reader is a fascinating historical survey of complex societies that—now more than ever—are crucial for us to understand.

Contemporary Art In The Middle East

Author: Paul Sloman
Publisher: Black Dog Pub Limited
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Contemporary Art In The Middle East from the Author: Paul Sloman. A collection of essays and art works, showcasing artists from the Middle East, in a collection that defies fixed categories, shifting instead through different artistic registers according to more subtle themes.

Doing Business In The Middle East

Author: Donna Marsh
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472135679
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Doing Business In The Middle East from the Author: Donna Marsh. This book is necessary reading for all professionals working in the Middle East and North Africa, it includes: the practical impact of Islam on business; safety and security in the region; business etiquette; political and social do's and don'ts and the practicalities of doing business - from the initial visit to establishing productive working relationships, including opening an office in the region. It also focuses on issues of particular importance to all businesswomen, and for men who might be working with Arab and Muslim women.