"The New Iraq"
Rebuilding the country for its people,
the Middle East and the world.
By Joseph Braude
Published by Basic Books
A member of the Perseus Books Group
211 pp. $26.00 US $40.00 Can.
As the introduction states:
The book is a superb guide to the rebirth of the great civilisation
of Iraq. Combining sensitive description of centuries of
history which offers fascinating, yet hopeful description
Iraq is synonymous with Saddam Hussein. After decades under
Saddam's repressive rule, what will come next after the
In "The New Iraq", the author- Middle East expert-
tells the story of a country influx, from memories of its
distant past to the painful realities of life today.
Major wars, thirteen years of sanctions, and the domestic
legacy of a police state, have all combined to preserve
and reinforce an old culture with attitudes and skill sets
that other traditional societies would be hard pressed to
"The New Iraq" shows how viable Iraqi economy
will liberate its society and thereby transform the Middle
Confronting the challenges that lie ahead, the author outlines
the transition and transformation of Iraq's political system;
the reengineering of its worn-out- military into an army
of motion- building; the promotion of religious tolerance;
business opportunities that the country's reconstruction
will open up etc…
"The New Iraq" challenges all of us, from many
countries and walks of life, to help reintegrate Iraq into
the world community.
The author, Joseph Braude, born to an Iraqi Jewish family,
studied Near Eastern languages at Yale and Arabic and Islamic
history at Princeton.
Fluent in Arabic, Persian and Hebrew, he is a business consultant
to governments and corporations on the Middle East.
He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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