Engaging the Muslim World

Engaging the Muslim World

Book - 2009
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With clarity and concision, the author disentangles the key foreign policy issues that America is grappling with today, from our dependence on Middle East petroleum to the promotion of Islamophobia by the American right, and delivers his informed advice on the best way forward. His unique ability to take the true Muslim perspective into account when looking at East-West relations make his insights well-rounded and prescient as he suggests a course of action on fundamental issues like religion, oil, war, and peace. With substantive recommendations for the administration on how to move forward in key countries such as Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, this book reveals how we can repair the damage of the disastrous foreign policy of the last eight years and forge ahead on a path of peace and prosperity. He argues that Al-Qaeda is not a mass movement like fascism or communism but rather a small political cult like the American far right circles that produced Timothy McVeigh, and that the Muslim world is not a new Soviet Bloc but rather is full of close allies or potential allies. He also maintains that there can be no such thing as American energy independence; we will need Islamic oil to survive as a superpower into the next century. He also states that Iran is not an implacable enemy of the U.S., it can and should be fruitfully engaged, which is a necessary step for American energy security, since Tehran has the ability to play the spoiler in the strategic Persian Gulf. He also advises that America's best hope in Iraq is careful, deliberate military disengagement, rather than either through immediate withdrawal or a century-long military presence.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780230607545
Branch Call Number: 303.48217 C6754e 2009
Characteristics: 282 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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Nov 21, 2011

A very good introduction to recent events in the Middle East and other predominantly Muslim regions, but it is somewhat overtaken by events like Iran's last election and the protests which followed it, and by the Arab Spring.


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