Ken Pollack truly is an expert in Middle Eastern politics This book provides a lot of detail A heavy but very educational read I am a few chapters in but this is a great book to help you interpret the few chapters in but this is a great book to help you interpret the East through all dimensions 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 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
apparently is angling for job 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 understanding 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 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 literally becoming obsolete as I read it was still a very worthwhile undertaking The deep history of the. 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. Ocial and cultural ties Any subtitle that includes Grand Strategy and
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discusses the Middle East has set a high hurdle but Pollack the Middle East has set a high hurdle but Pollack 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 strategySummary of his Grand Strategy is a gradual indigenously driven internationally assisted transformation reform stagnant economies improve education
devise a workable legal apply democratic principles allow culture to come to grips with globalizationSince the time of Mohammed the Arab world has translated fewer books into Arabic than Spain translates into Spanish in a yearIf revolt occurs when expectations of a better life and reality diverge then almost every Middle Eastern country is pre revolutionary but that stage can last a long time Governments now that there is a risk to reform raise expectations then unable to deliver An interesting read somewhere between policy wonk policy maker and academic A little bit Thomas Friedman in some parts 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 a crash course of Middle East Politics Although this book is dated written before the Obama I found it to be a valuable source of historical information and reference material. 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. 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 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 very unpalatable choices faced by the US in response to today s events are theSystems Devise A Workable Legal
direct result of inadeuate US policies in the past particularly those of theresult of inadeuate US policies in the past particularly those of the 43 administration as Pollack refers to it that probably aggravated and accelerated the unrest and instability in the area seen today Pollack s main theme basically a consistent policy of constructive engagement a carrot and stick approach perhaps even in concert with 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 useful guide The new regimes will undoubtedly be less friendly to the US but due to an insatiable appetite for oil in the US they will need US but due to an insatiable appetite for oil in the US they will need be dealt withand Pollack s Path would make a good foundation Creative diplimatic approaches are presented making this one of the best books to read about the MidEast Peace Process that I ve come accross 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 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. .