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By Yevgeny M. Primakov, Henry A. Kissinger

During this candid and sobering account, former Russian most advantageous Yevgeny M. Primakov considers the threats posed via autonomous terrorist firms to overseas safety. in keeping with his personal large adventure and contacts within the heart East - the place he served for years as a journalist sooner than his political profession - he additionally examines the jobs of the Israeli-Palestinian clash and extremist Islam in investment terrorism. because the assaults of September eleven made transparent, the process overseas affairs is not any longer formed solely by means of co-operation and disagreement between international locations. but, the best way states reply to terrorism - together with America's warfare on terror - could have a profound influence at the constitution of the foreign process. In Primakov's view, powerful and co-ordinated responses to terrorism can restrict its impression. despite the fact that, he, argues, a unilateral American method of the matter of overseas terrorism can make such co-operation tricky. during this context, Primakov explains Russian matters concerning the US battle in Iraq - and divulges new information of his ultimate own try to convince Saddam Hussein to step down. Primakov urges Russia and the united states to hitch forces extra effortlessly to proportion details and intelligence approximately rising terrorist threats. extra widely, he writes, if the USA is ready to paintings inside a "multi-polar world", Russia could be a real and constant accomplice. however, if the U.S. attempts to head it on my own, it may well face the implications in isolation.

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During the Soviet period, even some Muslim Soviet Communist Party members who could have managed to bury their deceased in the Muslim tradition (wrapped in a shroud and with their head in the direction of Mecca) were persecuted and harassed. As if the alternative form of burial—in a casket—was a socialist or communist tradition! The future of Islamic society hinges directly on the interaction of these two currents—fundamentalism and extremism. Islamic fundamentalism can reject the extremist movement once and for all and turn toward a variant of democracy that embraces traditional Islamic values.

The Middle East conflict suffered enormously from being seen during the cold war through the prism of the larger conflict between the two worldviews and two superpowers. The participants themselves sought a way to fit into the cold war standoff. The Arab nations involved in the conflict sought to appear as partners of the Soviet Union, while Israel sided with the United States. The Israelis and Arabs occasionally trotted out the ideological ties each had with the superpowers. Some Arab nations happily accepted and parroted Moscow’s line that they were socialist-oriented nations.

Surprisingly, there were no positive signals from the United States with regard to the peace process immediately after September 11. During this time the United States made only weak and unfocused references to the Middle East conflict. S. policies would continue, policies characterized by countless missed opportunities to move toward the peaceful settlement of the most dangerous problem, the Arab-Israeli conflict. In order to gauge the chances of success for the Middle East peace process, we must reflect on lessons that we should have learned from the past.

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