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

Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Analysts have blamed Egypt’s autocracy for a recent attack that killed hundreds. But that’s not what’s motivating the violence. A few weeks ago, terrorists laid siege to a mosque in the small town of Bir al-Abd that lies just off the east-west road spanning the northern Sinai Peninsula. They killed 305 people and wounded many others. The photos from the scene were macabre—the stuff of Baghdad or Karachi, not Egypt. Until the attack on the al-Rawdah Mosque on November 24, the deadliest terror incident in Egypt occurred in 1997, when a group called al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya killed 57 people—most of them Japanese and British tourists—at the Temple of Hatshepsut near Luxor. The recent bloodletting in the Sinai is believed to be the work of Wilayat Sina, the Sinai branch of the self-styled Islamic State, though no one has claimed responsibility.

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Why the Palestinians have Never Felt So Despondent

Why the Palestinians have Never Felt So Despondent

Capital failure. Blame poor leaders, distracted neighbours and a stalled peace process. Even by the standards of the peace process, this may be a new low. President Donald Trump’s advisers have spent the past year shuttling between Israelis and Palestinians. The administration is close to unveiling a peace plan, but its work has already lapsed into what the White House calls a “cooling-off period”. When Mike Pence, America’s vice-president, visits the Middle East in January, he is unlikely to be received by a Palestinian leader. The latest round of talks may be over before it begins.

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Iraq Attracts Foreign Investors as Economy Improves

Iraq Attracts Foreign Investors as Economy Improves

A fter the announcement of a complete victory over terrorism in Iraq, many countries have already indicated their interest in bolstering economic cooperation with Baghdad, Fallah al-Lami, the UN adviser on the Iraqi economy, told Sputnik. Al-Lami recalled that in the past few months, “many delegations from government and private companies in Europe and the US have visited Iraq.” In particular, he referred to a recent meeting between Iraqi Central Bank officials and representatives of Airbus and Total as well as a visit by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and a spate of American companies. “All this points to the revival of Iraq. After announcing a final victory over terrorism, many have indicated that they want to invest in different areas of the Iraqi economy. Iraq is becoming a lucrative and attractive place for economic cooperation,” al-Lami pointed out.

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10 Big-Name Stocks That Can Beat The Recession (Validea Special Report)

Recession: It’s an ugly word — and one that’s hard to escape these days. Every time we see another report on rising unemployment, slow economic growth, or skyrocketing mortgage defaults, we’re reminded of just how tough a time the economy has been having. All of the negative economic news is enough to make an investor want to cash out and head for the hills. If you’re thinking of fleeing the market, however — STOP RIGHT THERE! Doing so might just be the worst move you can make right now. To understand why that’s the case, it’s important to consider a couple of key points. First, just because the economy’s tanking doesn’t mean your portfolio has to follow suit. Though we often think of it as some sort of monolithic entity, the “stock market” is more aptly described as a market of individual stocks. And on any given day, hundreds, if not thousands, of those stocks will be gaining ground — regardless of what the economy or the major indices are doing. One recent afternoon, for example, the S&P 500 — the index most commonly referred to when people discuss “the market” — was down more than 2 percent, but about 20 percent of stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange had gained ground. The message: Even if the economy drags the broader market down, there are always opportunities to make money in stocks.

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Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience

This special report document, Hard Lessons, reviews the Iraq reconstruction experience from mid-2002 through the fall of 2008. It is not an audit. Rather, it arises from from congressional mandate to provide advice and recommendations on policies to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in programs created for Iraq’s relief and reconstruction.

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  • The Saudi Ambassador Is Back in D.C. Will Anyone Talk to Him?
    Updated at 3:56 p.m.The Saudi ambassador to the United States may have quietly returned to Washington, but he’s going to have some trouble getting meetings on Capitol Hill.Prince Khalid bin Salman’s return Wednesday came a little more than a month after he left the U.S. capital following the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a murder many senators have blamed on the ambassador’s older brother, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. And while Donald Trump’s administration has made clear that it wants to move past the killing, an envoy’s job is to meet not only with the host country’s government, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-12-06
  • Is It Time to Bury Merkel’s Legacy?
    BERLIN — In the race to replace German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the head of her center-right Christian Democrats, the buzzword is undoubtedly change.The CDU party-leader election in Hamburg Friday will mark the first open leadership contest within Germany’s dominant party in decades. As mainstream parties across Europe continue to struggle in the face of challenges from upstart movements and the far right, ambitious CDU pols have seized the moment to launch a rare, broader debate about the direction of their party and the country.But as much as they may prefer to focus on political renewal, the three contenders for ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-12-05
  • 2018 in Photos: A Look at the Middle Months
    Anton Vaganov / Reuters As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2018. Among the events covered in this essay (the second of a three-part photo summary of the year): Mexico elected a new president, World Cup fans cheered and cried, protests rocked Nicaragua, a new Ebola outbreak hit central Africa, lava destroyed neighborhoods in Hawaii, and much more. See also: “Top 25 News Photos of 2018” and 2018 in Photos: Part 1, and come back tomorrow for the last in this series, Part ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-12-05
  • Qatar’s Foreign Policy: Balancing New Alliances in a Contested Region
    Members 22 October 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE HE Lolwah R M Al-Khater, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of QatarDr Abdullah Baabood, Director, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar UniversityDr Courtney Freer, Research Officer, Middle East Centre, LSEHelen Lackner, Research Associate, London Middle East Institute, SOASChair: Dr Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House  Register Register Following the Arab Spring, Qatar saw an opportunity to move away ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-05
  • Syria’s Transactional State: How the Conflict Changed the Syrian State’s Exercise of Power
    Invitation Only Research Event 22 October 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseLina Sinjab, Consulting Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Ruth Citrin, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House As debate on the Syrian conflict migrates towards discussions of reconstruction, stabilization and resilience, there is an implied assumption that Bashar al-Assad’s regime is 'winning' the war and that the Syrian state ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-04
  • Voices of Jordan: The Kingdom in the Centre of the Middle East
    Members 31 October 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Imad El-Anis, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent UniversityRana F. Sweis, Journalist and Author, Voices of Jordan; Stanton Fellow, Arab Institute for Security StudiesChair: Dr Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register Jordan’s diverse socioeconomic make-up encapsulates, like no other state in the region, both the array of pressing short-term problems facing the region and the underlying challenges that Arab states ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-02
  • Hungary: Not “Submitting to Islam”
    BUDAPEST – No European head of government talks remotely like Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orbán. For example, he recently spoke of building in Hungary a "constitutional order based on national and Christian foundations," thereby avoiding a future in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-08-13
  • Who Are Europe’s Most Important Politicians?
    "Who is the most important European alive today?" I asked in early 2010. Dutch politician Geert Wilders, came my answer, because "he is best placed to deal with the Islamic challenge facing the continent." I even raised the prospect of his emerging "as a ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-08-01
  • 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


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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