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

Oil Soars, U.S. Crude Hits $60/Bbl for First Time Since Mid-2015

Oil Soars, U.S. Crude Hits $60/Bbl for First Time Since Mid-2015

Oil prices surged to 2-1/2-year highs and U.S. crude touched $60 a barrel in light trading volume on Tuesday, boosted by news of an explosion on a Libyan crude pipeline as well as voluntary OPEC-led supply cuts. Iraq’s oil minister said on Monday there would be a balance between supply and demand by the first quarter, leading to a boost in prices. Global oil inventories have decreased to an acceptable level, he added.

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Iraqi Oil Minister Says Expects Oil Market to Be in Balance in First Quarter

Iraqi Oil Minister Says Expects Oil Market to Be in Balance in First Quarter

Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Monday (December 25, 2017) he was optimistic there would be a balance between supply and demand by the first quarter of 2018, leading to a boost in oil prices. The new contact will allow Zhenhua to receive a $3.5 fee for each barrel of crude produced from the oilfield, Ameedi said, and will serve as a model for all upcoming contracts with international companies. Jalal also said his company has plans to upgrade production from the Neft Khana oilfield near the Iranian border to 8,000 barrels per day from the current 2,000.

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VP Nouri al-Maliki Says Iraq Has to Help Kurdistan Before It’s Too Late

VP Nouri al-Maliki Says Iraq Has to Help Kurdistan Before It’s Too Late

Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki told Rudaw during an interview in Baghdad on Thursday that the federal government has to help the Kurdistan Region to solve the problems it is facing including the ongoing financial crisis before “it is too late.” He called the events in Khurmatu since October 16 “ethnic cleansing” and one that they are following with great concern. Maliki served as Prime Minister of Iraq for two terms from 2006-2014. Under his tenure the central government cut the Kurdish share of budget in early-2014 over the KRG’s plans to export oil independent of Baghdad. He deployed the Iraqi security forces to the borders of the Kurdistan Region at least twice when he was the PM, and became the first senior Iraqi politician to threaten Kurdistan with the use of force against the Iraqi-opposed Kurdish vote on independence. In a wide-ranging interview, he told Rudaw presenter Ranj Sangawi that he wants both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to get over what happened in the past, including the disagreement over the Kurdish vote.

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“They Are Not Our Brothers” Hate Speech by Saudi Officials

“They Are Not Our Brothers” Hate Speech by Saudi Officials

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia traces its origins to a 1744 pact between a religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and the Al Saud family, under which al-Wahhab’s movement enabled the Saudi rulers to expand their political rule in return for enforcing his religious teachings. The power relations between the Saudi royal family and the clerics have changed over time, but the clerics and religious scholars continue to wield power and directly influence the policies and politics of the Saudi state, especially in the justice and education sectors. Since its establishment, the Saudi state has permitted government-appointed religious scholars and clerics to refer to Shia citizens in derogatory terms or demonize them in official documents and religious rulings, which influence government decision-making. In recent years government clerics and others have used the internet and social media to demonize and incite hatred against Shia Muslims and others who do not conform to their views.

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Denied Dignity: Systematic Discrimination and Hostility toward Saudi Shia Citizens

Denied Dignity: Systematic Discrimination and Hostility toward Saudi Shia Citizens

The Saudi Arabian government for its part reacted with repressive measures of arrest and a clampdown on public airing of Shia grievances rather than seeking dialogue to prevent further conflict. Nevertheless, underlying discrimination has risen. Saudi authorities have intensified ongoing restrictions on Shia communal life. The Saudi government should urgently address the underlying reasons for sectarian tension, and end systematic discrimination against the Shia.

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The Arab World (by The Economist)

The Arab World (by The Economist)

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.

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  • What Would You Nominate as the Eighth Wonder of the World?
    Vanessa Hua, author, A River of StarsAngkor Wat is where my husband proposed to me at dawn, the sky rosy and golden over the spires reflected in the moat. With its stunning bas-reliefs and crumbling temples in eternal battle with banyan trees, the temple complex inspires awe and contemplation of the sweep of history and the atrocities of war.Lydia Kallipoliti, author, The Architecture of Closed WorldsFamous for getting the first humans to the moon, the Apollo 11 command module is astoundingly small and unrefined yet evinces our innate desire to reach uninhabitable territories.Gary Busey, actor and author, BuseyismsMount Rushmore is ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-18
  • Another Blow Against Refugees
    The Trump administration has reduced the maximum number of refugees it will accept in the next fiscal year from 45,000 to 30,000, the lowest level since the current refugee-resettlement program went into effect more than three decades ago.  “The improved refugee policy of this administration serves the national interest of the United States, and helps those in need all around the world,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a brief statement Monday. He did not take questions.Humanitarian groups that work with refugees in the U.S. criticized the decision. “It’s awful,” Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the global ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-17
  • A Temporary Reprieve for Syria’s Last Rebel-Held Province
    A disaster seemed imminent in Syria’s Idlib province. Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, had massed his forces on the borders of the province, the last major rebel stronghold in the country, while Syrian-government and Russian warplanes bombarded towns and villages along the front lines. It appeared to be a grim replay of the sequence of events that has brought other rebel-held areas under Assad’s sway—only this time, it was playing out in an area that is home to nearly 3 million people with nowhere to flee. “The nightmare scenario … is that the regime and the Russians drive well ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-17
  • Saudi Perceptions Towards Iran: Continuity or Change
    Invitation Only Research Event 18 September 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mohammed Alsulami, Professor of Iranian Studies, Umm al Qura University; Head, Rasanah: International Institute for Iranian StudiesSanam Vakil, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Saudi-Iranian tensions have been on the rise since January 2017 when Riyadh broke diplomatic relations with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Since ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-08-22
  • Israeli–Palestinian Peacemaking: What Can We Learn from Previous Efforts?
    Invitation Only Research Event 13 September 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Yossi Mekelberg, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseGreg Shapland, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Rosemary Hollis, Visiting Professor of International Relations, City, University of London Those trying to achieve peace between Israel and Palestinians have sought to devise ways of tackling the core issues of the conflict, namely, Jerusalem, refugees, security, borders and settlements.  Several different approaches have been ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-08-22
  • A Weapon of War? Sexual Violence in the Syrian Conflict
    Members 6 September 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:15pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Charu Lata Hogg, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham HouseDr Rahaf Aldoughli, Lecture, Modern Middle Eastern History, the University of Manchester; Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, LSESarah Cotton, Public Affairs and Policy Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Register Register The armed conflict in Syria has resulted in a humanitarian crisis in which the civilian population has suffered daily threats to their lives, dignity and well-being. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-07-24
  • Conservatism’s Hidden History
    What is conservatism? Before reading an article with this title by Ofir Haivry and Yoram Hazony in a recent issue of American Affairs, I would have replied individual liberty, small government, and a robust foreign policy. Their article taught me a ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-07-30
  • Israel Victory Gains Strength
    TEL AVIV - What do Israelis think of the idea of Israel winning and the Palestinians losing? It's a radical idea, very different from the 50-year-and-counting win-win assumption of "land for peace" that has transfixed governments and monopolized their ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-07-03
  • Poland’s Muslim Ban
    WARSAW – On being designated prime minister of Poland last December, Mateusz Morawiecki made the extraordinary statement that he and his government want to "transform [the European Union], to re-Christianize it." Struck by this grand vision of Poland's ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-07-01

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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