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The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation Paperback – June 30, 2009
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More like a personal diary, it is full anecdotes that show the human side of his time with King Hussein and as ambassador. It is an easy read and has good insights into the psyche of the Arab and the Israeli political players.
The last part of the book also has some interesting things to say. It is a candid non apologetic exposé on reform in the Arab world--not academic but fairly analytical. He talks about his experience (and frustrations) during the formulation of a document and roadmap for reform in Jordan--liberalization of press, democratization of the election process, curbing nepotism, the institutionalization of a merit based public sector, gender and economic parity--and the challenges of this process. This document was presented as the National Agenda in 2005, and to date, that is what it remains, an agenda. Some themes of discussion in this part of the book are the resistance of an old social guard to any change, the dynamics of the political/economic elites in the Arab world and a view on the political role of the different religious movements in the region. A must book to have.
This book is by far the best of what has been written about Modern Middle East Politics and current affairs. It takes the reader through a journey of the most important political events in the Middle East and the Arab world that affected the local scene and the international community in the past decade and a half, including the peace process, global terrorism, and political reform. Skillfully, Muasher links the current state of affairs with the cultural, religious, and historical dimensions of the region and the people, providing a thorough understanding of the roots and causes of local politics and its influence on global affairs.
Furthermore, the author's vast experience with the peace process as the first ambassador of Jordan to Israel, the ambassador of his country to the US, and Jordan's Foreign Minister, together with his leadership role in the political, economic and social reform efforts in the Arab world provide a unique internal perspective on the future of the Middle East. Muasher provides valuable insights on the ongoing struggle between the traditional sociopolitical forces and the progressive/moderate camp and its effect on democratic reform,international politics, and the relationship of the Arab world with the West.
The book is an easy read and proficiently simplifies to the reader very complicated cultural, historic, and religious issues and presents them in a very informative way.
Muasher represent a breath of a fresh air in the Middle East Politics. This is a MUST READ BOOK.
This is probably the most comprehensive and objective approach to the Middle-East situation.
The author - Dr. Marvan Muasher - has been in a unique position to study the peace process between Palestine and Israel: as Jordan Foreign Minister, a political position, but also as Jordan Ambassador to Israel, a diplomatic position, his experience is diverse and well informed, taking the Israeli views into consideration as well as his own Arab understanding of the many facets of this long-lasting crisis.
The language is clear and - as a former Jordan Ambassador to the US - Dr. Muasher's presentation is intended to be easily understood by American readers, scholars, students or even uninformed members of the civil society at large.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in the Middle-East Peace process.
A rare account of Arab diplomacy and the intricacies of backstage developments and deliberations that have shaped Jordan's foreign and domestic policies as well as regional initiatives, Musher's book is what every student of Middle East politics should study thoroughly. As an Arab Political Science and international affairs student in Western academia, I can attest to the paucity of Arab history books for Western consumption and study. I can only hope to see more Arab leaders, thinkers, politicians and diplomats follow Muasher's path in rebuilding the Arab world's historical narrative and thereby globalizing the message of the Arab Center on the international arena. History cannot be recorded if its leaders do not assume ownership of passing on the torch of their knowledge, expertise and lessons learnt.
Mushaer's account also presents a guide on how you can seize the moment and walk against the tide to make a difference. The author unconsciously offers the reader a formula for leadership in diplomacy: daft psychological skills, creative thinking, the ability to contain and challenge hard-nose bargaining and the art of communications.
My favorite parts of the book were those laden with personal anecdotes and descriptions of backstage developments and the decision-making processes. My understanding of how things work behind the scenes and why certain policy positions are shaped have been truly illuminated by these descriptions and analysis.Read more ›
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I recommend this book to all my american friends who are mainly exposed to western media coverage of the middle east conflict. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Marwan Muashar's credentials include having served as a negotiator in the Arab-Israeli peace process, 10 months as the first Jordanian ambassador to Israel which lead to stint as... Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by L. King
A book that is very useful to all people that they have a particular interest for the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinial conflict.Published on October 7, 2008 by Angelos E. Ypsilantis