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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  • Bound for the Moon: Apollo 11 Preparation in Photos
    Ralph Morse / The Life Picture Collection / Getty Building on years of work with Project Mercury and Project Gemini in the early 1960s, NASA’s Apollo program dedicated itself to putting Americans safely on the lunar surface before 1970, fulfilling a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy. The systems, materials, and techniques necessary to do this were nearly all brand new, and required extensive testing and research before they were sent 240,000 miles away from home. The astronauts were new to this as well, pioneers headed to a new world—literally. The world was fascinated with NASA’s progress as ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Democrats Have Found Their Battle Cry
    U.S. presidential elections used to be about which candidate would best lead the free world. Now Democrats are advancing an unprecedented argument in modern American politics: Elect one of them to lead the free world; otherwise, Donald Trump will irreparably unravel it.By cozying up to dictators and casting aside democratic allies abroad, and mimicking strongmen while undermining institutions at home, Trump is making the world safe for autocracy, the 2020 presidential candidates assert. The defining struggle of our time is between the forces of democracy and authoritarianism, they say, and the leader of the land of the free has strayed ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Malta’s Fledgling Movement for Abortion Rights
    VALETTA, Malta—Maria Borg stood with five other women outside the prime minister’s office here on a recent day, holding a banner that read: Welcome to Malta, where women and girls are just incubators.The women, part of an abortion-rights collective called Voice for Choice, were welcoming European leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron and Spain’s Pedro Sánchez, who were attending a Southern European Union summit. As the women stood in silence under the hot Mediterranean sun for more than two hours, various people stopped by in support—many of them tourists. The demonstration was live-streamed on Facebook and was covered by all the ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-07-14
  • Shared Security Challenges across North Africa
    Invitation Only Research Event 2 May 2019 - 9:30am to 3 May 2019 - 11:00am Tunis, Tunisia Please note the video is not a recording of the event itself but a series of related interviews.This workshop will explore the multifaceted and shared security challenges across North Africa: from countering terrorism and violent extremism to illicit flows and cross-border human trafficking. It will seek to identify policy options for North African policymakers and practitioners to best address these challenges through both security-based and stabilization-oriented approaches while examining potential areas for mutually beneficial cooperation when facing common ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-07-10
  • Principled Aid in Syria: A Framework for International Agencies
    4 July 2019 Throughout the conflict in Syria, the government has severely restricted how and where aid is delivered for military or political purposes. This paper offers a new framework for international humanitarian organizations and UN agencies to provide assistance to those in need. Download PDF Haid Haid Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @HaidHaid22 2019-07-04-AidSyria.jpg A United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy delivers ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-07-04
  • Morsi’s Death Will Shake the Muslim Brotherhood
    25 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
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-06-25
  • The Demon in Liberalism
    "Why has Sweden become the North Korea of Europe?" That's what a Dane semi-facetiously asked Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks at a conference I attended in 2014. Vilks unconvincingly muttered about Swedes' partiality for consensus. Now, along comes Ryszard ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-14
  • Telephone Books and My Family’s Polish History
    Paper telephone books have virtually disappeared from our lives, but they recorded essential information during the twentieth century. Thanks to a recent visit to my father's hometown of Cieszyn, Poland, plus the discovery of an unpublished Warsaw ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-04
  • Polish Telephone Books Reveal My Family’s History
    Paper telephone books have virtually disappeared from our lives, but they recorded essential information during the twentieth century. Thanks to a recent visit to my father's hometown of Cieszyn, Poland, plus the discovery of an unpublished Warsaw ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-04

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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