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By David Rohde

This publication distills 11 years of professional reporting for the recent York instances, Reuters, and The Atlantic per month right into a clarion demand swap. An incisive examine the evolving nature of conflict, Rohde exposes how a dysfunctional Washington squandered billions on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, missed its real allies within the conflict on terror and didn't hire its such a lot powerful nonmilitary guns: American consumerism, know-how, and funding. Rohde then surveys post-Arab Spring Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt, and unearths a longing for American expertise, alternate, and schooling. He argues that merely Muslim moderates, no longer americans, can eliminate militancy. For readers of Steve Coll, Tom Ricks, and Ahmed Rashid, past warfare exhibits how the failed American attempt to again average Muslims seeing that 11th of September could be salvaged

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Can only exist as a result of a multiplicity of points of resistance . . 14 The more contested that power may be, the easier it is to see such contestation as being an identifiable politics of resistance. Where power itself is more conceded, diffuse and less confrontational, then resistance becomes less useful as a term for understanding political struggle and the political lexicon provides other, more appropriate terms. However, this in itself raises another problem that 12 The Power and the People has become apparent both in some of the writings on the politics of resistance, and in the practice of such politics in specific places.

Notoriously, it then became a term for classifying the varied peoples and cultures of the region, marginalizing them by making them into a common object of knowledge, spuriously portrayed as fundamentally different to those who were busy subjecting them to new regimes of power. Ironically, and very much in keeping with some of the arguments in this book, whatever its origins, the term ‘Middle East’ has taken on a new lease of life, appropriated and transformed by those who find themselves so described.

It is in this context that armed resistance to established power becomes so prominent. Violence may be the dimension of power that people first encounter, rudely awakened by an invading army, or by a newly successful military junta asserting its control. The presence of soldiers and security personnel on the streets, guarding the buildings that house them and the administration that organizes them, as well as the casual violence of countless personal encounters, make this the visible presence of the state.

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