Beyond War by David Rohde
Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East

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Potentials for transformation are not developed consistently, and the field is left to Islamic radicals. A clarion call for change and more—not less—engagement with Islam.
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A groundbreaking look at America’s role in the Middle East—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Rope and a Prayer

Distilling eleven years of expert reporting for the New York Times, Reuters, and the Atlantic, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Rohde presents an incisive look at the calamitous privatization of the war on terror. Beyond War is a clarion call for change in American policies and attitudes toward a rapidly changing Middle East. Rohde argues that using lethal force is necessary at times, but economic growth and Muslim moderates —not American soldiers—will eradicate militancy in the long term. Vast mistakes have been made, but it is not too late. By scaling back our ambitions, focusing on economics and working with Muslim moderates, we will achieve more.
 

About David Rohde

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DAVID ROHDE, coauthor of A Rope and a Prayer, is a reporter for The New York Times, where he previously served as the South Asia bureau chief. He won his first Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the Srebrenica massacre, and his second as part of The New York Times 's team covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 18, 2013 by Penguin Books. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Beinart on May 03 2013

While Rohde’s call for dramatically empowering the civilian instruments of American foreign policy represents an understandable reaction to the failures he’s chronicled, it’s not remotely plausible.

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Reviewed by Elliott Abrams on Apr 21 2013

...these 200 pages take on too much and deliver too little.

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on Feb 04 2013

Potentials for transformation are not developed consistently, and the field is left to Islamic radicals. A clarion call for change and more—not less—engagement with Islam.

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