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At Particularly Fascinatinga particularly fascinating Late February and of 2011 Each evening when I read another chapter it seemed the day s actual events had just rendered the strategy outlined by Mr Pollack in that section moot The wave of revolutions large and small sweeping the
MIDDLE EAST AS OF THIS WRITING REPRESENT THE WORSTEast as of this writing represent the worst scenario Pollack outlines if the US does not aggressively pursue a coherent and consistent strategy there However despite the major theme of the book literally becoming obsolete as I read it was still a very worthwhile ndertaking The deep history of the politics of each country and insight into the motivations behind them is very valuable To be reading the section on Syria on the very day that the government was gunning down protesting citizens was not only a bit surreal but added greatly to my Grey (Fifty Shades, understanding of the big picture It also confirmed my observation that television news in particular but even some mainstream Internet news sites are very shallow if not outright misleading in their coverage It is plain that the verynpalatable choices faced by the US in response to today s events are the direct result of inadeuate US policies in the past particularly those of the Bush 43 administration as Pollack refers to it that probably aggravated and accelerated the nrest and instability in the area seen today Pollack s main theme basically a consistent policy of constructiv. Nal Security Council where he was the principal working level official responsible for implementation of US policy toward Ira Iran and the states of the Arabian Peninsula Prior to his time in the Clinton administratio.
READ A Path Out of the Desert A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle EastAny subtitle that includes Grand Strategy and discusses the Middle East has set a high hurdle but Pollack does well to provide a fair minded account of our options He describes himself as a liberal internationalist for moral and strategic reasons and claims that every time we ignore the Middle East the region comes back to haunt s so let s work out a strategySummary of his Grand Strategy is a gradual indigenously driven internationally assisted transformation reform stagnant economies improve education systems devise a workable legal system apply democratic principles allow culture to come to grips with globalizationSince the time of Mohammed Excellent book for anyone who is interested in America s relationship with
The Middle East And ViceMiddle East and vice Covers eve Creative diplimatic approaches are presented making this one "Of The Best Books To Read About " the best books to read about MidEast Peace Process that I ve come accross Although this book is dated written before the Obama administration I found it to be a valuable source of historical information and reference material Practically speaking this book puts every middle east book I ve read into perspective even though I m not American Superb analysis many surprising small data although sometime a bit repetitive fall into typical IR s phraseology This book is like a crash course of Middle East Politics An interesting read somewhere between policy wonk policy maker and academic A little bit Thomas Fri. Kenneth M Pollack is the director of research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution From 1995 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2001 he served as director for Persian Gulf affairs at the Natio. .
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Approach Perhaps Even In Concertperhaps even in concert China the other soon to be major superpower is still worth studying and remembering If the Middle East ever settles down from the current turmoil the principles outlined will still be a We Love You, Charlie Freeman useful guide The new regimes willndoubtedly be less friendly to the US but due to an insatiable appetite for oil in the US they will need to be dealt withand Pollack
s Path would make a good foundation This is a pretensiousPath would make a good foundation This is a pretensious weight and poorly argued book Despite the length few ideas are developed in a serious way The author only nibbles at some good ideas The author was one of the most widely read advocates of the war in Ira While he now admits his rather costly error much of the self deceiving arrogance that informed his views on Ira are replicated here He is apparently is angling for job in the new US adminstration in Jan 2009 but based on this volume he is a very conventional thinker who never really challenges the Washington consensus and who fails to reveal an on the ground nderstanding of the Middle East Like so many Washington insiders he also has a hard time seeing how US policy is contorted by its fawning approach to Israel I am only a few chapters in but this is a great book to help you interpret the Middle East through all dimensions Ken Pollack truly is an
expert in Middle Eastern politics This book provides a lot of detail A heavy but very educational read.in Middle Eastern politics This book provides a lot of detail A heavy but very educational read. N he spent seven years in the CIA as a Persian Gulf military analyst He is the author of The Threatening Storm The Persian Puzzle Arabs at War and Things Fall Apart He lives in Washington DC From the Hardcover edition.
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