The purpose of this true story is to set the record straight. Written more than a quarter of a century after the creation of INVESTCORP, it will show how this unique investment entity was conceived, developed and implemented under the auspices of the Arab Monetary Fund and its President, Dr. Jawad Hashim. The period to which it refers is 1977 to 1984. The story is divided into twelve (12) sub-chapters, starting with Chronology of Events page and ending with Appendixes page which in itself provides ten (10) links to multipage PDF documents.
From United Nations’ Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia:
The profiles provide demographic data and trends per Arab country for the period 1980-2050, and could serve as a reference for researchers conducting demographic research as well as social research with a population dimension. The key demographic indicators presented in the profiles include population size, including urban and rural populations, population growth rate, life expectancy at birth, infant mortality rate, under-five mortality rate, maternal mortality ratio, contraceptive prevalence, fertility rate, dependency ratios and population age structure. This is in addition to data on the international migrant stock, remittances, refugee population, internally displaced persons and education and youth unemployment.
This is an extract of Dr. Jawad Hashim’s article “The Shape Of The Post Gulf War, Middle-East” which became part of U.S. Congressional Record. Part of that written opinion dealt with the background of the Arab region. The Arab Countries: At a Glance describes characteristics of the Arab countries that still apply now at present time.
Nearly fifteen years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the country is now facing its most crucial test of survival. This Manifesto is the product of three years of reflection and debate, culminating in intense activity throughout 2017. It rejects the politics of division, and the branding of any Iraqi community as enemy. All of those involved in the debate agreed on the importance of introducing a comprehensive platform for reform and change in Iraq and the urgency of doing so immediately.
We must secure military gains in Iraq with a political victory, argue Michael O’Hanlon and Sara Allawi. Otherwise, we risk the emergence of an ISIS 2.0 among embittered Sunni populations.
A quiet revolution has begun in the Arab world; it will be complete only when the last failed dictatorship is voted out. What ails the Arabs? The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week published the fifth in a series of hard-hitting reports on the state of the Arab world. It makes depressing reading. The Arabs are a dynamic and inventive people whose long and proud history includes fabulous contributions to art, culture, science and, of course, religion. The score of modern Arab states, on the other hand, have been impressive mainly for their consistent record of failure.
Articles, opinions, keynotes, reports, papers, publications and books
authored by Dr. Jawad M. Hashim
The internet and social media were once hailed for creating new opportunities to spread democracy and freedom. But authoritarian regimes soon began cracking down on internet freedom. They feared the brave new digital world, because it was beyond the reach of their analogue security establishments. Their fears proved unfounded. In the event, most social media-enabled popular uprisings failed for want of effective leadership, and traditional political and military organizations retained the upper hand. Technology does not stand still, and nor should democracy.read more
ISIS threat ‘is going to morph’ and possibly go underground in Iraq, says Maj.-Gen. Mike Rouleauread more
Government corruption provided Daesh and local militias with the umbrella they needed to seize power in Iraq, officials and lawmakers told Arab News on Thursday. They said Iraq’s security and political stability will remain threatened as long as corrupt officials continue to control the country’s assets. Iraq is high on the list of the most corrupt countries. The Iraqi Parliamentary Committee of Integrity told Arab News that the estimated value of “looted” amounts during the past 12 years has been more than $200 billion.read more
United Nations, Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The profiles provide demographic data and trends per Arab country for the period 1980-2050, and could serve as a reference for researchers conducting demographic research as well as social research with a population dimension.read more
Nearly fifteen years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the country is now facing its most crucial test of survival. This Manifesto is the product of three years of reflection and debate, culminating in intense activity throughout 2017. The leading author of the Manifesto has been Prof. Ali Allawi working in close consultation and collaboration with his co-authors, Dr. Abbas Kadhim and Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb. This team was engaged in extensive debate of its various sections and conducted comprehensive series of meetings, workshops, and consultation efforts with various Iraqi groups and individuals inside and outside Iraq. These included statesmen and diplomats, politicians and senior civil servants, lawmakers and specialists, academics and intellectuals, teachers and students, businessmen & businesswomen and bankers, writers and thinkers, clerics and social leaders, farmers and workers, activists and union members, officers and judges –people who come from all walks of life and share a burning desire to see our country set on the right path to peace, security, prosperity and justice. They reject the politics of division, and the branding of any of our communities as enemies. All of those involved in the debate agreed on the importance of introducing a comprehensive platform for reform and change in Iraq and the urgency of doing so immediately.read more
Images from those six moments and more stand out in a year of environmental disasters and polarizing elections, humanitarian crises and annual parades, mass shootings and awards shows. They couldn’t feel further from one another, yet a close look at these 100 pictures reveals a comforting web of similarity.read more
- Trump’s Trade War With China Is Already Changing the WorldAt a G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this week, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are set to have a one-on-one meeting, and hopes are high that a good conversation will restart stalled trade negotiations and convince the White House to hold off on further tariffs against China.For Alfred LaSpina, the outcome may not matter very much, though. When LaSpina, the new vice president of eLumigen, based in Troy, Michigan, began thinking about a supply chain for the startup’s industrial lighting products, China automatically came to mind: LaSpina—an old friend of mine—has had experience with manufacturing in China before, and knew ..... READ MORE
- What the Iran Crisis Reveals About European PowerDonald Trump is forcing Europe to confront its own weakness.The U.S. president’s bellicose policy toward Iran has, until now, been met with an unusual unity of opposition from Europe’s big three powers, the U.K., France, and Germany, as well as from the European Union itself. And yet, despite their combined economic weight and presence on the world stage, Europe’s principal players have proved largely powerless to do anything in the face of raw American hegemony.The brute reality, as things stand, is that Europe does not yet have the tools—or the will—to project its power. The euro cannot be a credible ..... READ MORE
- Weird, Wonderful Photos From Another EraBettmann / Getty While doing my job of researching photos for various stories, I always come across more interesting images than I need, or photos that are unrelated to the story yet still remarkable, strange, hilarious, or just great shots. I tuck the best of those into a folder without a clear plan for future use. Today, I offer another sampling from that folder—a grab bag of historic images depicting land-speed records, underwater photography, Italian elections, a young Princess Elizabeth, a streamlined ferry, and more—from epic achievements to small moments. There isn’t really a theme here, other than “I thought ..... READ MORE
- Morsi’s Death Will Shake the Muslim Brotherhood25 June 2019 Dr Georges Fahmi Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @GeorgesFahmi Competing factions within the movement have lost the one issue on which they could find common ground. 2019-06-25-Morsi.jpg Morsi in the defendant's cage at the police academy in Cairo in 2014. Photo: Getty Images. In the wake of the death of former Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi, there has been a wave of ..... READ MORE
- Conflict Economies in the Middle East and North Africa25 June 2019 This report examines the common economic factors that continue to drive conflict in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. It also makes specific recommendations to Western policymakers addressing these types of sub-economies in detail. Read online Download PDF Tim Eaton Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @el_khawaga LinkedIn Dr Renad Mansour Research Fellow, Middle East and North ..... READ MORE
- Impacts of a Changing Climate and Resource Stress on the MENA RegionInvitation Only Research Event 4 July 2019 - 11:30am to 3:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Hosted by Chatham House, this meeting will explore the regional impacts of rises in global temperature, which will not be equal, and present specific challenges for already-arid regions such as those in the Middle East and North Africa. Man-made resource stresses in this region already interact with and exacerbate instability and human suffering in areas including southern Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Yemen. In ..... READ MORE
- Beyond Schrödinger’s cat: A serious comic about quantum physicsScientists at Yale University have found that quantum jumps are not as instantaneous or as unpredictable as scientists previously thought. ..... READ MORE
- Overruled: Is precedent in danger at the Supreme Court?As this year’s term closes, the conservative-majority United States Supreme Court is placing a shrinking value on legal precedent. ..... READ MORE
- For US friends and rivals, vexing questions about Iran endgameAs America’s friends and rivals gather for the Group of 20 summit, they are set to be preoccupied with the endgame of U.S.-Iran tensions. ..... READ MORE
- Istanbul’s Election PuzzleThe Middle East rightly has a reputation for inscrutability, with seemingly illogical actions part of its routine business. The Saudi crown prince kidnapped Lebanon's visiting prime minister, forced him to resign, only to watch him return to his position ..... READ MORE
- Italy at the CrossroadsROME – Italy is in the news these days for two main developments. First, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has – against massive opposition from the media, the judiciary, and the church – shut the country's ports to illegal migrants and thereby reduced ..... READ MORE
- Making Sense of Palestinian LogicPalestinians do weird things: A few days ago, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules most of the West Bank, refused to accept the tax revenues it is owed by the Israeli government. Today, Hamas, which rules all of Gaza, launched more than 200 ..... READ MORE
- As insults fly, options for avoiding conflict between the U.S. and Iran narrow – The Washington PostAs insults fly, options for avoiding conflict between the U.S. and Iran narrow The Washington PostAny prospect of easing tensions between the United States and Iran seemed increasingly remote Tuesday, as threats and personal insults flew between the two ..... READ MORE
- Iran’s 1988 massacres: Authorities violating torture prohibition through cruel treatment of victims’ families – Amnesty InternationalIran's 1988 massacres: Authorities violating torture prohibition through cruel treatment of victims' families Amnesty InternationalThe Iranian authorities are systematically violating the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment by cruel practices targeting family members of the ..... READ MORE
- Opioid use booming as tramadol crisis emerges in Africa – U.N. drug report – ReutersOpioid use booming as tramadol crisis emerges in Africa - U.N. drug report ReutersSynthetic opioid use is booming, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a worldwide drug report that showed deaths in the United States from overdoses still ..... READ MORE
LATEST BOOK FROM JAWAD HASHIMPolitical Memoirs of an Iraqi Minister Jawad Hashim: 1967–2000
This book is the second and updated edition of the first one which was published in 2003 under the same title. At the time, in 2003, one of the little highlighted benefits of Operation Iraqi Freedom was an expectation for a whole series of books, articles and discussion assessing the nation’s Baathist years from 1967 to 2003. As the United States became involved in the long-term reconstruction of Iraq and ensuring the viability of that traumatized nation, it was vital that Arabic books coming out of a free Iraq be examined by American military planners and policymakers. This is one of the first books to be published in 2003 by Dr. Jawad Hashim, who served as Minister of Financial Planning from 1967-1971 and again from 1972-1974. In this book, Dr. Jawad Hashim offers insight to Arab readers as a person intimate with the inner-workings of the Baathist regimes and discusses how Saddam hijacked Ba’athism to serve his own personal ambitions. He wrote this book in exile and on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom.