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Archive for December, 2008

With the holidays fast approaching, MESH has asked its members to recommend books you might give as a gift or read by the fire. (For more information on a book, or to place an order with Amazon through the MESH bookstore, click on the book title or cover.) .

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Death wish of Al Qaeda

From Walter Reich What’s the meaning of the offer last week by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantánamo detainees to plead guilty to the charge that they coordinated the attacks of 9/11 that murdered nearly 3,000 Americans? That meaning is revealed by the fact that they withdrew their offer as soon as they learned [...]

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MESH at one

From Stephen Peter Rosen and Martin Kramer Last weekend marked the first anniversary of Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH), which we launched on December 5, 2007. Over the past year, MESH has provided a platform for expert discussions on a wide range of issues by an impressive array of authorities. The site has acquired [...]

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‘The Globalization of Martyrdom’

MESH invites selected authors to offer original first-person statements on their new books—why and how they wrote them, and what impact they hope and expect to achieve. Assaf Moghadam is a research fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and a member of MESH. His new book is The [...]

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From Robert Satloff There are many sound, intelligent and practical ideas in Kristin Lord’s new Brookings report on reforming U.S. public diplomacy, titled “Voices of America.” These include cross-cutting suggestions for effective public-private partnerships in public diplomacy; bureaucratic improvements, such as appointing deputy assistant secretaries in all regional bureaus at State with specific PD responsiblity; [...]

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