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
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
- Trump to North Korea: I Want You to Want MeDonald Trump and Kim Jong Un are both, in relative terms, rookies at the arts of diplomacy. That might explain why the state of American-North Korean diplomacy these days so resembles an awkward adolescent flirtation.First came the jilted-lover tone of the letter that Trump sent Thursday. Then came a conciliatory statement from North Korea, and by Friday morning, the president was saying that summit might go off as planned on June 12. Defense Secretary James Mattis even dismissed the whole thing a so much teenaged drama, calling it “the usual give and take.”At the core, this give and take—usual or ..... READ MORE
- Is the U.S. Bringing Europe and Russia Closer Together?Nearly one year after hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin at Versailles, French President Emmanuel Macron went to St. Petersburg. The French leader, who is addressing the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Friday, held direct talks with his Russian counterpart Thursday, during which the two discussed the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria, and, perhaps most pressingly, how to salvage the Iran nuclear deal both France and Russia are party to.Such a visit would have been awkward just two months ago. At that time, tensions between Moscow and Europe had reached Cold War-era heights after a former Russian spy was ..... READ MORE
- What Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Don’t Know About Their Own StandoffWhen President Donald Trump canceled his June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he told him in a letter that the past few days of “tremendous anger and open hostility” had made it “inappropriate” for the two to meet and discuss denuclearization. “You talk about your nuclear capabilities,” Trump wrote, “but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.” The language echoed a January tweet in which the president wrote, “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, ..... READ MORE
- Human Rights and Reconstruction in SyriaInvitation Only Research Event 25 May 2018 - 2:30pm to 5:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Although the conflict in Syria continues unabated, there has already been a shift of focus onto Syria’s reconstruction. Many international actors have refused to contribute to Syria’s reconstruction until a political strategy towards settlement is negotiated. Some are unsure of how to proceed, and others have expressed interest. While Syrians are entitled to having their country rebuilt, participating in reconstruction in Syria may support the narrative that the conflict is over and thus weaken the ..... READ MORE
- Changing and Contesting Gender Norms in the GulfInvitation Only Research Event 1 May 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Sumayah Fatani, Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaDina Hussein, Independent AnalystFatma Al Arimi, Independent JournalistChair: Jane Kinninmont, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Gender norms in the Gulf are being changed and challenged by generational and societal change, including the effects of a major expansion of education for women and by policy changes, often driven by economic imperatives. To what extent is there consensus among women on some of these ..... READ MORE
- Libya’s War Economy: Predation, Profiteering and State Weakness12 April 2018 As Libya's war economy persists, prospects for the restoration of functioning central governance become more distant. Download PDF Tim Eaton Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter LinkedIn Libya’s War Economy: Predation, Profiteering and State Weakness SummaryLibya suffers from interlinked political, security and economic crises that are weakening state institutions, damaging its economy and facilitating the continued existence of ..... READ MORE
- From peak CO2 to record-low sea ice: making sense of climate newsIn recent weeks, Earth has passed a series of “critical” climate milestones. How do readers know which headlines to pay attention to? ..... READ MORE
- Costa Rica’s coast struggles to survive against rising seasAs rising seas threaten parts of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, many worry that visitors who generate numerous jobs in the area could go elsewhere. Young trees like coconut palms are being planted to create a barrier and halt erosion. ..... READ MORE
- What are you watching? Readers recommend ‘Death Comes to Pemberley,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’Monitor TV and movie fans share what they've been watching lately. ..... READ MORE
- Racing Against HistoryThe when campaign to do what, you ask? You're excused if the subtitle does not ring a bell, for Richman, a lawyer, talented author, and formidable researcher, has resurrected the failed and now-obscure effort to mobilize American Jews to create a ..... READ MORE
- Why I Oppose the Referendum for an Independent KurdistanThe following derives from spoken comments at an event the Middle East Forum hosted today for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Philadelphia (with slight edits):You heard a strong case in favor of [the Kurdish referendum]; I'd like to make a case ..... READ MORE
- The US-Israel Honeymoon May Not LastPresident Trump has taken two unprecedented steps highly favorable to Israel: recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and cutting funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an organization ultimately devoted to eliminating the Jewish state ..... READ MORE
- West African Migrants Arrive in Brazil After Weeks Adrift at SeaWest African Migrants Arrive in Brazil After Weeks Adrift at Sea Council on Foreign Relations (blog)Full coverage ..... READ MORE
- Women who fought to lift the women’s driving ban in Saudi Arabia are getting arrested
- What’s driving Middle East’s rush to social media?
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.