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About Joseph Braude
Joseph Braude is the author of Broadcasting Change: Arabic Media as a Catalyst for Liberalism. An author and broadcaster in English and Arabic and a Middle East policy specialist, he serves as Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and Advisor to the Al-Mesbar Center for Studies and Research in Dubai. He studied in the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. He developed his Arabic to broadcast quality through years of living and working in the Gulf states and North Africa, and added fluency in Farsi to his knowledge of Persian literature as a graduate student at the University of Tehran.
His book The New Iraq, published in 2003 shortly after the American-led ouster of Saddam Hussein, examines the problems of resuscitating the country's civil society institutions. His second book, The Honored Dead, provides a rare glimpse into an Arab police force -- a plainclothes detective unit in Casablanca to which he was attached for nearly half a year as the first Western writer ever to be embedded with an Arab security service.
Joseph Braude has broadcast a weekly commentary for the past four years on Moroccan national radio, covering Arab and Islamic issues from a variety of perspectives. He publishes op-eds and investigative stories in Al-Majalla, a London-based Arabic magazine. His English writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Glamour, The New Republic, and The Atlantic, among other publications. He is also a producer of documentaries which air on Public Radio International programs, and presents a weekly podcast in English called Eye on Arabia.
Here is one of those stories—and the story of how this world is being transformed, one life at a time.
Joseph Braude is the first Western journalist ever to secure embed status with an Arab security force, assigned to a hardened unit of detectives in Casablanca who handle everything from busting al-Qaeda cells to solving homicides. One day he’s given the file for a seemingly commonplace murder: a young guard at a warehouse killed in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong. Braude is intrigued by the details of the case: the sheer brutality of the murder, the identities of the accused—a soldier—and the victim, a shadowy migrant with links to a radical cleric, and the odd location: a warehouse owned by a wealthy member of one of the few thriving Jewish communities in the Arab world. After interviewing the victim’s best friend, who tearfully insists that the true story of the murder has been covered up by powerful interests, Braude commits to getting to the bottom of it.
Braude’s risky pursuit of the shocking truth behind the murder takes him from cosmopolitan Marrakesh to the proud Berber heartland, from the homes of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the country to the backstreets of Casablanca, where migrants come to make fortunes, jihad, and trouble, but often end up just trying to survive with dignity. The Honored Dead is a timely and riveting mystery about a society in transition, the power of the truth, and the irrepressible human need for justice.
Author Joseph Braude, himself a voice in Arabic-language broadcasts and publications, calls for international assistance to the region’s liberals, particularly in the realm of media. Local civic actors and some reform-minded autocrats welcome a new partnership with media experts and democratic governments in North America, Europe, and the Far East. Broadcasting Change argues that support for liberal reform through Arabic media should be construed as an international “public good” — on par with military peacekeeping and philanthropy.
The focus here is on contemporary North Africa, a continuous area inhabited by 173 million people, living in seven states, with many cultural, geographic, historical, and political ties, but significant discontinuities that fracture the region and defy generalization. How the recent struggles in the region will now play out is an open question.
Yet the consensus in the United States remains that the evolution of democracy and the rule of law abroad serve not only our ideals but also our practical interests. Figuring out when, if, and how to advance these objectives, however, is the subject of study and debate.
In this unique volume, five regional experts and practitioners identify actionable opportunities that may exist over time to assist those in the region seeking transitions to a democratic society and governance; the strategies and capabilities the US has or needs to partner effectively with local leaders; and in which key sectors of the population these windows for change may exist. These include political parties and movements, the mass media, the security forces, and organized labor.