The New Iraq's riveting portrayal of Iraqi society-from its preachers and wealthy elites to its prostitutes and disaffected majorities-sheds light on a world unknown to Westerners due to the country's decade-long international isolation. Major wars, 13 years of sanctions, and the domestic legacy of a police state have all combined to preserve and reinforce an old culture with attitudes and skill sets that other traditional societies would be hard pressed to match.
In The New Iraq, Joseph Braude draws upon his deep knowledge of the country's history and people to show how a viable Iraqi economy will liberate its society and thereby transform the Middle East. Confronting the challenges that lie ahead, Braude outlines the transition and transformation of Iraq's political system; the reengineering of its worn-out military into an army of nation-building; the promotion of religious tolerance; business opportunities that the country's reconstruction will open up; and the revitalization of its entertainment industry, media, and educational and legal systems.
Impressively researched and cogently argued, The New Iraq challenges all of us, from many countries and walks of life, to help reintegrate Iraq into the world community. The recipe for a prosperous new Iraq will marry the external demands of the global marketplace with an internal reappropriation of the unique attributes of Iraqi civilization.