Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East

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Beacon Press, 2004 - History - 223 pages
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Begun as the United States moved its armed forces into Iraq, Rashid Khalidi"s powerful and thoughtful new book examines the record of Western involvement in the region and analyzes the likely outcome of our most recent Middle East incursions. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the political and cultural history of the entire region as well as interviews and documents, Khalidi paints a chilling scenario of our present situation and yet offers a tangible alternative that can help us find the path to peace rather than Empire.

We all know that those who refuse to learn history are doomed to repeat it. Sadly, as Khalidi reveals with clarity and surety, America"s leaders seem blindly committed to an ahistorical path of conflict, occupation, and colonial rule. Our current policies ignore rather than incorporate the lessons of experience. This cogent and highly accessible book should help U.S. citizens to recognize better solutions.

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RESURRECTING EMPIRE: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East

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The "current course of the Bush administration in the Middle East is a doomed one," writes Khalidi (Arab Studies/Columbia Univ.; Palestinian Identity, 1997).There are many historical reasons for being ... Read full review

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The United States has experienced serious challenges to its foreign policy in the Middle East in recent years. Some of these challenges are the consequence of Washington's post-9/11 policies and its ... Read full review

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The Legacy of the Western Encounter with the Middle East
America the West and Democracy in the Middle East
The Middle East Geostrategy and Oil
The United States and Palestine
Raising the Ghosts of Empire

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Rashid Khalidi, author of three previous books about the Middle East - "Origins of Arab Nationalism, Under Siege," and the award-winning "Palestinian Identity"-is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies and director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. He has written more than seventy-five articles on aspects of Middle East history and politics including pieces in the "New York Times," the "Boston Globe," the "Los Angeles Times," the "Chicago Tribune," and many journals. Professor Khalidi has received fellowships and grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Rockefeller Foundation; he was also the recipient of a Fulbright research award. Professor Khalidi has been a regular guest on numerous radio and TV shows, including "All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Nightline.

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