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Ali Shihabi

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Author-commentator on Middle Eastern politics and economics with a particular focus on Saudi Arabia.
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The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran book cover
The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran
Charles Kurzman - 2005-09-06 (first published in 2004)
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The shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, would remain on the throne for the foreseeable future: This was the firm conclusion of a top-secret CIA analysis issued in October 1978. One hundred days later the shah--despite his massive military, fearsome security police, and superpower support was overthrown by a popular and largely peaceful revolution....
Ali Shihabi
An invaluable book recommended by ⁦@ksadjadpour⁩ on the Iranian revolution of 1979 that exposes the limitations of retrospective historical analyses but also leads one to conclude that the (possible) revolution of today may have crossed the rubicon.      source
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Armies of Sand
The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness
Kenneth M. Pollack - 2020-10-01 (first published in 2018)
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Since the Second World War, Arab armed forces have consistently punched below their weight. They have lost many wars that by all rights they should have won, and in their best performances only ever achieved quite modest accomplishments. Over time, soldiers, scholars, and military experts have offered various explanations for this pattern. Reliance...
Ali Shihabi
@crespo_911 A book every Arab senior officer should read.      source
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The Key Man
The True Story of How the Global Elite Was Duped by a Capitalist Fairy Tale
Simon Clark, Will Louch - 2021-07-06
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Arif Naqvi was charismatic, inspiring, and self-made—all the qualities of a successful business leader. The founder of Abraaj, a Dubai-based private-equity firm, Naqvi was the Key Man to the global elite searching for impact investments to make money and do good. He persuaded politicians he could help stabilize the Middle East after 9/11 by providi...
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Iran's Perilous Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons
David Albright - 2021-05-17
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Based on three years of intensive research and analysis of the Nuclear Archives, this new book from the Institute presents a compelling account of Iran’s secret plans to develop nuclear weapons....
Ali Shihabi
A must read detailed book on Iran's work in developing a capacity for nuclear weapons, its efforts to deny and camouflage this after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and its ongoing determination to reach this goal.      source
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What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters
Steven E. Koonin - 2021-05-04
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“Surging sea levels are inundating the coasts.”“Hurricanes and tornadoes are becoming fiercer and more frequent.”“Climate change will be an economic disaster.”You’ve heard all this presented as fact. But according to science, all of these statements are profoundly misleading.When it comes to climate change, the media, politicians, and other promine...
Ali Shihabi
Fascinating book by Obama's former science advisor that debunks the scientific certainties and alarmist conclusions about climate change and exposes how politicized and dramatized the whole subject has become.      source
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Midnight in Cairo
The Divas of Egypt's Roaring '20s
Raphael Cormack - 2021-03-09
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One of the world’s most multicultural cities, twentieth-century Cairo was a magnet for the ambitious and talented. During the 1920s and ’30s, a vibrant music, theater, film, and cabaret scene flourished, defining what it meant to be a “modern” Egyptian. Women came to dominate the Egyptian entertainment industry—as stars of the stage and screen but ...
Ali Shihabi
A delightful book about an era long ago gone. The cosmopolitan culture of the Middle East because it was seen as associated with colonialism has unfortunately been extinguished over the last century      source
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The Oil Kings
How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East
Andrew Scott Cooper - 2012-09-11 (first published in 2011)
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“Relying on a rich cache of previously classified notes, transcripts, cables, policy briefs, and memoranda, Andrew Cooper explains how oil drove, even corrupted, American foreign policy during a time when Cold War imperatives still applied,”* and tells why in the 1970s the U.S. switched its Middle East allegiance from the Shah of Iran to the Saudi ...
Ali Shihabi
Andrew Scott Coopers book (above) is eye opening in this regard based on transcripts he discovered of discussions between Kissinger, Ardeshir Zahedi, Nixon and the Shah. Very well worth reading.      source
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The New Rules of War
How America Can Win--Against Russia, China, and Other Threats
Sean McFate - 2020-01-28
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"Stunning. Sean McFate is a new Sun Tzu." -Admiral James Stavridis (retired), former Supreme Allied Commander at NATOSome of the principles of warfare are ancient, others are new, but all described in The New Rules of War will permanently shape war now and in the future. By following them Sean McFate argues, we can prevail. But if we do not, terror...
Ali Shihabi
A must read new book: "Conventional war is dying to be replaced by irregular warfare and other instruments of national power such as.......      source
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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein - 2021-04-27 (first published in 2019)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more."The most important business--and parenting--book of the year." --Forbes"Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares...