Biography: Rashid Khalidi is the author of seven books about the Middle East, including Palestinian Identity, Brokers of Deceit, Resurrecting Empire, The Iron Cage, and Sowing Crisis. His writing on Middle Eastern history and politics has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and many journals. For his work on the Middle East, Professor Khalidi has received fellowships and grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. He is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York and editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies.
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Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi is an examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical movements.
In his new book, Rashid Khalidi dissects the crucial dynamics of power in the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union as it played out in the Middle East, compellingly arguing that the intense rivalry between the U.S. and the USSR in the region set the stage for the tragic conflicts that have followed in its long wake.
To understand the momentous events that have occurred in the Middle East over the last two decades-including two Gulf wars, the occupation of Iraq, and the rise of terrorism-we must understand the crucial interplay of cold war superpowers there from 1945 to 1990. Khalidi presents the compelling case that U.S. and Soviet intervention in the region deeply exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, and continues to this day to shape global conflict in the Middle East.