INVESTCORP – The True Story Behind Its Creation

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.

The Demographic Profiles of Arab States, 2017

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.

Arab Countries: At a Glance

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.

The Manifesto — A Plan For National Regeneration

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.

How to Avoid an ISIS 2.0 in Iraq

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.

The Arab World: Waking From Its Sleep

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

How Information Technology Poses a Threat to Democracy

How Information Technology Poses a Threat to Democracy

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.

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Corrupt Politicians and Terrorism Directly Linked in Iraq, Say Officials

Corrupt Politicians and Terrorism Directly Linked in Iraq, Say Officials

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.

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The Demographic Profiles of Arab States, 2017

The Demographic Profiles of Arab States, 2017

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.

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The Manifesto – A Plan For National Regeneration

The Manifesto – A Plan For National Regeneration

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.

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2017 TOP 100 PHOTOS From the Editors of TIME

2017 TOP 100 PHOTOS From the Editors of TIME

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.

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  • When China Convinced the U.S. That Uighurs Were Waging Jihad
    They arrived at the American detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba—where, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld put it, the “worst of the worst” would be held—a few months after 9/11, directly from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. There were 22 of them, all men, all of them Muslim, bearded, ranging in age from their early 20s to their mid-40s. Five had been captured by American forces following a battle in northern Afghanistan, and the other 17 were seized by police in Pakistan.But there was something different about these detainees: All were members of China’s Uighur minority, a Turkic group chafing under ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Britain’s Distrust of Europe Helped Cause Brexit. Now It Could Stop It.
    LONDON—When Brexit-backing lawmakers voted twice to reject Theresa May’s negotiated deal on the terms of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, they did so largely out of distrust. Principally, they worried that the prime minister’s plan would risk binding the country to EU rules and regulations indefinitely, and that the EU, contrary to its many assurances, would act in bad faith to see that happen.Distrust of Europe and its institutions here in Britain is hardly a new phenomenon. In fact, it was one of the central themes underlying the Brexit campaign. But this distrust, paradoxically, might pose a ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-18
  • The Truth About Wasabi
    Have you ever eaten wasabi? If you answered “yes” to that question, you are likely mistaken. Most sushi eaters—even in Japan—are actually being served a mixture of ground horseradish and green food coloring, splashed with a hint of Chinese mustard. Worldwide, experts believe that this imposter combination masquerades as wasabi about 99 percent of the time. The reason boils down to supply and demand. Authentic wasabi, known as Wasabia japonica, is the most expensive crop in the world to grow. The temperamental semiaquatic herb, native to the mountain streams of central Japan, is notoriously difficult to cultivate. Once planted, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Dealing with Informality: The Challenge of North Africa’s Borderlands
    Invitation Only Research Event 4 March 2019 - 9:30am to 5 March 2019 - 12:30pm Tunis, Tunisia North African states face significant transnational challenges, including, but not limited to, counterterrorism, migration and illicit trade. The latter includes products and services from drugs and weapons to subsidized and counterfeit goods as well as the smuggling and trafficking of humans. These activities are most prevalent in borderlands where the states in question have often only exercised limited authority over the local populations. There is a policy debate over what should be done to address such activities. Should ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-13
  • Mapping the Mappers: Turning Complexity into Policy in Iraq and Yemen
    Invitation Only Research Event 24 January 2019 - 9:30am to 5:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mapping has become an increasingly important tool for researchers, analysts, policymakers and operational organizations working on complex, conflict-afflicted environments. This roundtable will gather practitioners and policymakers to discuss network, actor and power mapping in the contexts of Iraq and Yemen. Participants will also examine the gap between local mappers - who gather, analyse and disseminate information - and the policy community.The roundtable forms a part of the Chatham House Middle East and ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-12
  • Russia and Iran: Economic Influence in Syria
    8 March 2019 Russia and Iran are the most influential external powers supporting the Assad regime and it is expected that Moscow and Tehran will reap the benefits of Syria’s economic recovery. However, the reality of this dynamic is complicated. Read online Download PDF Sinan Hatahet Senior fellow at Omran Dirasat and the Al Sharq Forum 2019-03-08-RussiaIranAndSyria.jpg Phosphate ore mine near Damascus. Photo credit: Getty Images ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-08
  • Trapped in tariffs, lobster-gear industry looks for way out
    From tariffs on lobsters to duties on the steel in lobster traps, here’s how one U.S. industry is affected by trade tension with China and Europe. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Brazil’s new president seeks better ties with the US
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visits the White House this week to strengthen relations between the Western Hemisphere’s largest two economies. Mr. Bolsonaro's political rhetoric is often compared to that of President Donald Trump. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Hawaii weighs first-in-nation plastic bans at eateries
    Dozens of cities across the country have already banned foam plastic containers, but Hawaii’s effort could be the first state-wide. Discarded, slow-to-degrade plastic has shown up at sea and on beaches. But local eateries worry about the higher costs of biodegradable containers. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Europe’s Anti-Immigration Left
    With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high levels of immigration; and the American Left goes further, calling to "Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, America's border security agency). But ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-03-07
  • Morton Klein’s Statement on Qatar
    During the Middle East Forum's conference on Qatar today, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, wrote me a brief note asking, at 10:17 am asking "Why. I really don't understand. What's going on. We were good friends for decades ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-02-10
  • Qatar’s Influence
    Already in the mid-1990s, a playful riddle circulated among foreign-policy types: In the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, which are the world's two great powers? Answer: The United States and Qatar. In other words, the outsized ambitions of a country ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-29

LATEST BOOK FROM JAWAD HASHIM

Political 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.

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