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The Arab Spring Five Years Later Volume One

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ISBN: 9780815727187 9780815727200 9780815727194 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101731
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Since the series of uprisings of the Arab Spring began, the debate in Arab countries has focused almost exclusively on politics and questions of national identity. However, it is economic issues that are driving the agenda, and real economic grievances must be addressed in order for the many transitions to succeed.Hafez Ghanem gives a thorough assessment of the Arab Spring, beginning with political developments since the revolutions and changes in the legal and institutional frameworks that affect economies. Arab economies grew at healthy rates before the revolts, but the benefits of economic growth were unfairly distributed. The politically connected reaped great benefits, while educated youth could not find decent jobs, and the poor and middle class struggled to make ends meet. Ghanem argues that Arab countries need to adopt new economic policies and programs that enhance inclusiveness, expand the middle class, and foster growth in undeveloped regions.

The Consequences of Chaos

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Book Series: The Marshall Papers ISBN: 9780815729518 9780815729525 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101728
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The Syrian displacement crisis raises fundamental questions about the relationship between action to resolve conflicts and humanitarian aid to assist the victims and demonstrates the limits of humanitarian response, even on a massive scale, to resolve political crises. The increasingly protracted nature of the crisis also raises the need for the international community to think beyond just relief assistance and adopt developmental policies to help refugees become productive members of their host communities. The Consequences of Chaos looks beyond the ever-increasing numbers of Syria's uprooted population to consider the long-term economic, political, and social implications of this massive movement of people.

The Future of ISIS

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ISBN: 9780815732167 9780815732174 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101703
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Looking to the future in confronting the Islamic StateThe Islamic State (best known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) has been active for less than a decade, but it has already been the subject of numerous histories and academic studies—all focus primarily on the past. The Future of ISIS is the first major study to look ahead: what are the prospects for the Islamic State in the near term, and what can the global community, including the United States, do to counter it?Edited by two distinguished scholars at Indiana University, the book examines how ISIS will affect not only the Middle East but the global order. The Future of ISIS is of interest to policymakers, analysts, and students of international affairs and public policy.

Beyond NATO

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Book Series: The Marshall Papers ISBN: 9780815732570 9780815732587 9780815732587 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102765
Subject: Political Science
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In this new Brookings Marshall Paper, Michael O’Hanlon argues that now is the time for Western nations to negotiate a new security architecture for neutral countries in eastern Europe to stabilize the region and reduce the risks of war with Russia. He believes NATO expansion has gone far enough. The core concept of this new security architecture would be one of permanent neutrality. The countries in question collectively make a broken-up arc, from Europe’s far north to its south: Finland and Sweden; Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus; Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan; and finally Cyprus plus Serbia, as well as possibly several other Balkan states. Discussion on the new framework should begin within NATO, followed by deliberation with the neutral countries themselves, and then formal negotiations with Russia.

The Future of Land Warfare

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ISBN: 9780815726890 9780815726913 9780815726906 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102767
Subject: Sociology
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In today’s U.S. defense policy debates, big land wars are out. Drones, cyber weapons, special forces, and space weapons are in. Accordingly, Pentagon budget cuts have honed in on the army and ground forces: this, after the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, seems like an appealing idea. No one really wants American boots on the ground in bloody conflicts abroad. But it is not so easy to simply declare an end to messy land wars. A survey of the world’s trouble spots suggests that land warfare has more of a future than many now seem to believe. In The Future of Land Warfare, Michael O’Hanlon offers an analysis of the future of the world’s ground forces.

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