By Emile Nakhleh
In an important Engagement, the CIA's former element guy on Islam makes a lively case for a renewal of yank public international relations within the Muslim international. providing a distinct stability among in-depth research, own memoir, and international coverage treatments, the publication injects much-needed knowledge into the general public dialogue of long term U.S.-Muslim family. Intelligence insider Emile Nakhleh argues that an engagement with the Muslim international advantages the nationwide curiosity of the USA. accordingly, the following management may still discard the terrorism prism by which the rustic has considered political Islam given that Sept. 11 and concentration as an alternative at the universal pursuits of the USA and mainstream Muslims. Nakhleh investigates contemporary U.S. coverage towards Islamic international locations and gives the recent management a ten-point plan for rebuilding America's courting with the Muslim international. the writer demonstrates that profitable over Arabs and Muslims calls for an intensive wisdom of Arab and Muslim cultures and languages inside our intelligence group, in addition to a long term American dedication of team of workers and assets. whereas the luck of those efforts could be incremental and difficult to degree, Nakhleh believes that the present low status of the U.S. in so much Arab and Muslim nations may be reversed. Stressing that powerful public international relations has to be a major, coordinated attempt pursued on the optimum political degrees, an important Engagement charts a brand new path for destiny ties among the USA and the Islamic international.
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