Myths, Illusions, and Peace by Dennis Ross
Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East

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"A trenchant and often pugnacious demolition of the numerous misconceptions about strategic thinking on the Middle East"
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Now updated with a new chapter on the current climate, Myths, Illusions, and Peace addresses why the United States has consistently failed to achieve its strategic goals in the Middle East. According to Dennis Ross-special advisor to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council for that region-and policy analyst David Makovsky, it is because we have repeatedly fallen prey to dangerous myths about this part of the world-myths with roots that reach back decades yet persist today. Clearly articulated and accessible, Myths, Illusions, and Peace captures the real­ity of the problems in the Middle East like no book has before. It presents a concise and far-reaching set of principles that will help America set an effective course of action in the region, and in so doing secure a safer future for all Americans.
 

About Dennis Ross

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Dennis Ross, Middle East ambassador and the chief peace negotiator in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, now heads the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
 
Published June 3, 2009 by Penguin Books. 396 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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No Arab government, the authors write, protested when, in 2007, Israel bombed a nuclear reactor that Syria was building.

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The co-author of his new book, “Myths, Illusions, and Peace,” is David Makovsky, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy andthe author of “Making Peace with the PLO.” Ross and Makovsky have used their decades of experience and insider knowledge to write a trenchant and often pug...

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Ross (The Missing Peace ) and Makovsky (Making Peace with the PLO ) contend that if the U.S. wants to broker peace in the Middle East, it must cease operating from ideological assumptions and “see the world as it is.” Ross, now an adviser to Hillary Clinton, was chief negotiator for the Clinton a...

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Publisher: Viking Adult Product Description "A trenchant and often pugnacious demolition of the numerous misconceptions about strategic thinking on the Middle East"
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Ross and Makovsky reject the realists' approach of an engagement that might involve compliance with nuclear Iran, as well as the neocons' idealistic approach that advocates regime change in Iran because it is impossible either to talk with the Iranians or to deter them.

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