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Middle East Primed for New Thinking: Insights and Policy Options from the Ancient World   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Conclusion: "Ancient history can join with other disciplines to propose and test the conceptual frameworks policymakers and citizens need to manage interactions with a transitioning region. To be sure, the patterns and precedents of the past do not predict what will happen or provide a detailed map of how to implement specific policies. Instead, thinking about the ancient world allows us to organize data and test hypotheses that come from the region itself, allowing us to evaluate the meaning of large and often conflicting flows of information. Ancient history is a thinking tool that must work collaboratively with other disciplines to discern objectively what is happening. [...] We have examined in this brief introduction some of the new thinking that can emerge with a recovery of the power of ancient--and sometimes also medieval--history."

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2019-09
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2019 Andrew Skitt Gilmour; Center for the Study of Intelligence Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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Central Intelligence Agency Library: https://www.cia.gov/library/
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