A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East

A Path Out of the Desert A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East A persuasive but painful solution for dealing with the mess in the Middle East Kirkus The greatest danger to America s peace and prosperity notes leading Middle East policy analyst Kenneth M Pollack

A persuasive but painful solution for dealing with the mess in the Middle East Kirkus The greatest danger to America s peace and prosperity, notes leading Middle East policy analyst Kenneth M Pollack, lies in the political repression, economic stagnation, and cultural conflict running rampant in Arab and Muslim nations By inflaming political unrest and empowering ter A persuasive but painful solution for dealing with the mess in the Middle East Kirkus The greatest danger to America s peace and prosperity, notes leading Middle East policy analyst Kenneth M Pollack, lies in the political repression, economic stagnation, and cultural conflict running rampant in Arab and Muslim nations By inflaming political unrest and empowering terrorists, these forces pose a direct threat to America s economy and national security The impulse for America might be to turn its back on the Middle East in frustration over the George W Bush administration s mishandling of the Iraq War and other engagements with Arab and Muslim countries But such a move, Pollack asserts, will only exacerbate problems He counters with the idea that we must continue to make the Middle East a priority in our policy, but in a humbler, humane, realistic, and cohesive way Pollack argues that Washington s greatest sin in its relations with the Middle East has been its persistent unwillingness to make the sustained and patient effort needed to help the people of the Middle East overcome the crippling societal problems facing their governments and societies As a result, the United States has never had a workable comprehensive policy in the region, just a skein of half measures intended either to avoid entanglement or to contain the influence of the Soviet Union.Beyond identifying the stagnation of civic life in Arab an

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  1. I read this book at a particularly fascinating time Late February and March 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 worst case scenario Pollack outlines if the US does not aggressively pursue a coherent and consistent strategy there However, despite the major theme of the book liter [...]


  2. Any 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 us, so let s work out a strategy.Summary of his Grand Strategy is a gradual, indigenously driven, internationally assisted transformation reform stagnant economies, i [...]


  3. This is a pretensious, over 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 Iraq While he now admits his rather costly error, much of the self deceiving arrogance that informed his views on Iraq are replicated here He is apparently is angling for job in the new U.S adminstration in Jan 2009, but based on this volume he is a very conventional thi [...]


  4. 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.


  5. Creative, diplimatic approaches are presented, making this one of the best books to read about the MidEast Peace Process that I ve come accross.


  6. An interesting read somewhere between policy wonk, policy maker, and academic A little bit Thomas Friedman in some parts.


  7. Ken Pollack truly is an expert in Middle Eastern politics This book provides a lot of detail A heavy but very educational read.


  8. Excellent book for anyone who is interested in America s relationship with the Middle East and vice versa Covers everything from economics and defense to social and cultural ties



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