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Middle East Policy Council MEPC provides credible, comprehensive information & analysis on political, economic, and cultural issues pertaining to U.S.-Middle East relations.

The Middle East Policy Council is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization. Founded in 1981, the mission of the Council is to foster public discussion of the political, economic, and security issues that affect U.S. national interests in the Middle East. The hallmark of our work is respect for thoughtful, diverse views.

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Join us today at noon ET for a Contributor Dialogue with Kim Ghattas, author of "Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the...
12/16/2021
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Join us today at noon ET for a Contributor Dialogue with Kim Ghattas, author of "Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East." Tune in live on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MidEastPolicy

Our mission is to provide policymakers and the public with credible, comprehensive information and analysis on political, economic, and cultural issues perta...

On this Giving Tuesday, we are asking for your generous support so that we may advance our existing programs while devel...
11/30/2021

On this Giving Tuesday, we are asking for your generous support so that we may advance our existing programs while developing new, innovative avenues of engagement with Washington and beyond.
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On this Giving Tuesday, we are asking for your generous support so that we may advance our existing programs while developing new, innovative avenues of engagement with Washington and beyond.
http://bit.ly/2ZCutgm

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, MEPC is excited to announce the MEPC 40 Under 40 Awards honoring professionals m...
11/04/2021

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, MEPC is excited to announce the MEPC 40 Under 40 Awards honoring professionals making a difference in US-Middle East relations across academia, business, and diplomacy. Congratulations to our outstanding awardees! Meet them here: https://bit.ly/3k8DGEf

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, MEPC is excited to announce the MEPC 40 Under 40 Awards honoring professionals making a difference in US-Middle East relations across academia, business, and diplomacy. Congratulations to our outstanding awardees! Meet them here: https://bit.ly/3k8DGEf

Our educational initiative Teach Mideast has an Instagram feed filled w/infographics & shareable visual content about Mi...
11/02/2021

Our educational initiative Teach Mideast has an Instagram feed filled w/infographics & shareable visual content about Middle East history, culture and current events. All custom designed for U.S. educators & students. Follow them here & pass along! https://bit.ly/31r5MEj

Our educational initiative Teach Mideast has an Instagram feed filled w/infographics & shareable visual content about Middle East history, culture and current events. All custom designed for U.S. educators & students. Follow them here & pass along! https://bit.ly/31r5MEj

Join us next Friday 10/22 for our 106th Capitol Hill Conference "Middle East Cybersecurity: Threats & Opportunities" w/G...
10/13/2021

Join us next Friday 10/22 for our 106th Capitol Hill Conference "Middle East Cybersecurity: Threats & Opportunities" w/Gawdat Bahgat, James Shires, Simon Handler & former Congressman Jim Moran. RSVP for this virtual event here: https://bit.ly/2YKwwOG

Join us next Friday 10/22 for our 106th Capitol Hill Conference "Middle East Cybersecurity: Threats & Opportunities" w/Gawdat Bahgat, James Shires, Simon Handler & former Congressman Jim Moran. RSVP for this virtual event here: https://bit.ly/2YKwwOG

Yesterday it was our pleasure to host Perry Cammack in our 6th Contributor Dialogue with MEPC Executive Director Bassima...
10/08/2021
Contributor Dialogue: Perry Cammack

Yesterday it was our pleasure to host Perry Cammack in our 6th Contributor Dialogue with MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein to discuss his recent essay on updating the U.S. diplomatic playbook in approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You can access the full video here: https://bit.ly/3ajbfOz

MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein and Middle East Policy contributor Perry Cammack discuss his recent essay in the American Prospect "The Diplomatic...

This month we have been looking back at scholarship from our journal Middle East Policy 20 years ago in the wake of the ...
09/20/2021

This month we have been looking back at scholarship from our journal Middle East Policy 20 years ago in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. This piece "The Political Requirements of Victory" by
Ian Lustick is worth revisiting today: https://bit.ly/3CtFlLl

This month we have been looking back at scholarship from our journal Middle East Policy 20 years ago in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. This piece "The Political Requirements of Victory" by
Ian Lustick is worth revisiting today: https://bit.ly/3CtFlLl

The Council's leadership were frequently on U.S. and Middle Eastern media outlets during the month of August, including ...
09/09/2021

The Council's leadership were frequently on U.S. and Middle Eastern media outlets during the month of August, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, SkyNews Arabia, Asharq TV and more. Access them here: https://bit.ly/3zZPVc3

The Council's leadership were frequently on U.S. and Middle Eastern media outlets during the month of August, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, SkyNews Arabia, Asharq TV and more. Access them here: https://bit.ly/3zZPVc3

New opportunity: the MEPC is looking for a development manager and grant writer to work with our organization in identif...
09/02/2021
Development Manager and Grant Writer

New opportunity: the MEPC is looking for a development manager and grant writer to work with our organization in identifying new sources of funding in alignment with existing programs. Learn more & apply here: https://bit.ly/3jB3sB8

Middle East Policy Council is now hiring for the position of Development Manager and Grant Writer in Washington. Apply today.

Access our latest Contributor Dialogue from today with Dr. Ahmed Hashim, author of "Security & Defense in Small States: ...
08/26/2021
Contributor Dialogue: Ahmed Hashim

Access our latest Contributor Dialogue from today with Dr. Ahmed Hashim, author of "Security & Defense in Small States: Qatar, the UAE and Singapore." Timely discussion with MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein on the security developments in these three states, the long-advertised U.S. pivot to the Asia Pacific, and the ramifications of the recent Abraham Accords: https://youtu.be/umKZRDm2iMI?t=28

On Thursday August 26th, we will host our 5th Contributor Dialogue. MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein will speak with journal author Ahmed Hashim.

From C-SPAN on Friday: MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein & former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann...
08/24/2021
Middle East Policy Council Discussion on Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

From C-SPAN on Friday: MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein & former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann discuss what to expect from Taliban rule & challenge the conventional wisdom that Afghan fighters "gave up the fight": https://bit.ly/3kkuKLt

Ronald Neumann, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan during the George W. Bush administration, talked about the American withdrawal from the country and the Taliban takeover. Mr. Neumann discussed the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, which had spanned 20 years, and he described Taliban control a...

On Friday, August 20th we hosted a special Contributor Dialogue with former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neuman...
08/20/2021
Contributor Dialogue: Ambassador Ronald Neumann

On Friday, August 20th we hosted a special Contributor Dialogue with former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann. This 30-minute discussion provided a status update on conditions on the ground, insight on what to expect from Taliban rule, and an alternative perspective on the conventional wisdom emerging in Washington that the Afghanistan mission was doomed from the start and more recently, that U.S.-trained Afghan soldiers simply "gave up the fight." https://bit.ly/37ZtJT5

- On Friday, August 20th at noon ET we hosted a special Contributor Dialogue with former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann. This discussion focus...

New: Interview w/Monica Villanueva who coordinates the COVID-19 response for USAID's Middle East Bureau w/insight on pro...
08/19/2021

New: Interview w/Monica Villanueva who coordinates the COVID-19 response for USAID's Middle East Bureau w/insight on providing health & social services across MENA & dealing w/the transition to remote education: https://bit.ly/3z1bXuA

New: Interview w/Monica Villanueva who coordinates the COVID-19 response for USAID's Middle East Bureau w/insight on providing health & social services across MENA & dealing w/the transition to remote education: https://bit.ly/3z1bXuA

The consequences of U.S. disengagement quickly unraveling in Afghanistan as the Taliban take control...Must read regiona...
08/16/2021

The consequences of U.S. disengagement quickly unraveling in Afghanistan as the Taliban take control...Must read regional perspectives from "Straight from the Source," the MEPC's roundup of local Middle East media commentary on issues that matter to U.S. foreign policy: https://bit.ly/3CSGsoZ

The consequences of U.S. disengagement quickly unraveling in Afghanistan as the Taliban take control...Must read regional perspectives from "Straight from the Source," the MEPC's roundup of local Middle East media commentary on issues that matter to U.S. foreign policy: https://bit.ly/3CSGsoZ

MEPC Board Member Ron Neumann on CNN re: Afghanistan: "As long as they are winning, I mean, you have to ask yourself, if...
08/12/2021
US 'not ready to throw in the towel' on Afghan talks even as Taliban violence grows | CNN Politics

MEPC Board Member Ron Neumann on CNN re: Afghanistan: "As long as they are winning, I mean, you have to ask yourself, if they think they can clearly win the war, why would they make concessions?" https://cnn.it/3s7zVBJ

The Biden administration has continued to back negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban, insisting the latter is still invested in the political process and political success is still possible, even as the international community has accused the Taliban of atrocities that may amoun...

How has the pandemic impacted refugee aid in the Middle East? - new MEPC interview with acting Principal Deputy Assistan...
08/04/2021

How has the pandemic impacted refugee aid in the Middle East? - new MEPC interview with acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) at the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Richard Albright: https://bit.ly/3AauzbL

How has the pandemic impacted refugee aid in the Middle East? - new MEPC interview with acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) at the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Richard Albright: https://bit.ly/3AauzbL

Join us today at noon ET when we will host our 2nd Contributor Dialogue with Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush, author of "Iran's R...
06/24/2021
Iran's Regional Dynamics: A Piecemeal Approach

Join us today at noon ET when we will host our 2nd Contributor Dialogue with Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush, author of "Iran's Regional Dynamics: A Piecemeal Approach." Get the latest analysis on the recent Iranian elections live on Facebook today and take a read of her full essay in advance here: https://bit.ly/3j8bqlo

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The MEPC is highlighting climate solutions across the Middle East and North Africa.Mr. Saïd Mouline is Director General ...
06/02/2021

The MEPC is highlighting climate solutions across the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. Saïd Mouline is Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), one of several government agencies addressing the energy transition. Previously, he implemented the Qualit’air program at the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

Over the past ten years, Morocco transformed itself into a leader in renewable electricity and is ranked as the top MENA country on MIT’s Green Future Index. Gavin Moulton and Shannon Beacom discuss with Mr. Mouline the latest developments in Morocco’s renewable energy landscape and his expansive vision for the emerging green economy:

https://bit.ly/3fKRTFP

The MEPC is highlighting climate solutions across the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. Saïd Mouline is Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), one of several government agencies addressing the energy transition. Previously, he implemented the Qualit’air program at the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

Over the past ten years, Morocco transformed itself into a leader in renewable electricity and is ranked as the top MENA country on MIT’s Green Future Index. Gavin Moulton and Shannon Beacom discuss with Mr. Mouline the latest developments in Morocco’s renewable energy landscape and his expansive vision for the emerging green economy:

https://bit.ly/3fKRTFP

Full video available from today's 1st ever "Contributor Dialogue" w/MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein & Dr. Jon...
05/20/2021
Democrats’ Attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Full video available from today's 1st ever "Contributor Dialogue" w/MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein & Dr. Jonathan Rynhold, author of Middle East Policy essay "Democrats’ Attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." Access the video here: https://bit.ly/3ynyPEK

In this 1st Contributor Dialogue, MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein and Dr. Jonathan Rynhold, author of "Democrats’ Attitudes toward the Israeli-Pal...

Join us live today at 10am ET on the Middle East Policy Council page for our 1st ever "Contributor Dialogue" w/...
05/20/2021

Join us live today at 10am ET on the Middle East Policy Council page for our 1st ever "Contributor Dialogue" w/MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein & Jonathan Rynhold author of Middle East Policy essay "Democrats’ Attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." For more background on the discussion, you can access Dr. Rynhold's full essay here: https://bit.ly/2RpSsLJ

Join us live today at 10am ET on the Middle East Policy Council page for our 1st ever "Contributor Dialogue" w/MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein & Jonathan Rynhold author of Middle East Policy essay "Democrats’ Attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." For more background on the discussion, you can access Dr. Rynhold's full essay here: https://bit.ly/2RpSsLJ

What’s Driving the Israeli-Palestinian Violence? The flare up in violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians has ...
05/17/2021

What’s Driving the Israeli-Palestinian Violence? The flare up in violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians has turned the attention of the international community again to one of the region’s seemingly intractable conflicts. Few are surprised that the region’s central conflict has returned to the headlines, though what happens going forward is yet to be determined, not least by shifts in Israel’s fractious political landscape. The newest insight from local media in the region: https://bit.ly/3omqUmC

What’s Driving the Israeli-Palestinian Violence? The flare up in violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians has turned the attention of the international community again to one of the region’s seemingly intractable conflicts. Few are surprised that the region’s central conflict has returned to the headlines, though what happens going forward is yet to be determined, not least by shifts in Israel’s fractious political landscape. The newest insight from local media in the region: https://bit.ly/3omqUmC

Unrest in Jerusalem: what is behind it & how can the U.S. respond constructively? Straight from the source w/local media...
05/10/2021

Unrest in Jerusalem: what is behind it & how can the U.S. respond constructively? Straight from the source w/local media insight from English-language publications including Israel Hayom, Haaretz, The National, Jerusalem Post, Gulf News, Jordan Times, Arab News and more: https://bit.ly/3tfWX8n

Unrest in Jerusalem: what is behind it & how can the U.S. respond constructively? Straight from the source w/local media insight from English-language publications including Israel Hayom, Haaretz, The National, Jerusalem Post, Gulf News, Jordan Times, Arab News and more: https://bit.ly/3tfWX8n

On Friday April 23rd we convened our first in-depth Capitol Hill conference on the Impacts of Climate Change on the Midd...
04/27/2021
The Impact of Climate Change on the Middle East

On Friday April 23rd we convened our first in-depth Capitol Hill conference on the Impacts of Climate Change on the Middle East. The conversation dealt with the energy transition, environment and market dynamics and what to expect in terms of the U.S. relationship with our many allies in the region. The panelists represented the The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Arab Center Washington DC Dual Citizen LLC & former Congressman Jim Moran of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. Full video from the Middle East Policy Council's 104th Capitol Hill Conference here: https://bit.ly/32LUE20

Following Earth Day 2021, this panel will explore the energy transition, environmental and market dynamics associated with climate change in the Middle East ...

For Arab American Heritage Month, MEPC is exploring the history, culture, and contributions of the Arab diaspora across ...
04/22/2021

For Arab American Heritage Month, MEPC is exploring the history, culture, and contributions of the Arab diaspora across the United States. Professor Edward Curtis IV is William M. and Gail M. Plater of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. MEPC’s Director of External Affairs Gavin Moulton catches up with Professor Curtis virtually here: https://bit.ly/32KdWEZ

For Arab American Heritage Month, MEPC is exploring the history, culture, and contributions of the Arab diaspora across the United States. Professor Edward Curtis IV is William M. and Gail M. Plater of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. MEPC’s Director of External Affairs Gavin Moulton catches up with Professor Curtis virtually here: https://bit.ly/32KdWEZ

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The journal Middle East Policy will publish its 120th issue in the Summer of 2014. Previous issues published an article related to Operation Cast Lead by Trinity College professor Andrew Flibbert titled "The Gaza War: Instrumental Civilian Suffering?" The 106th issue featured Scott McConnell's article "The Special Relationship: Worth the Costs?" looking at the United States - Israeli relationship in historical context. Scott McConnell is the founding editor of the American Conservative. The 105th issue contained a symposium transcript, book reviews, and a series of articles under the sub-categories of "Israel and the Neighborhood" and "Iran and the Region." An article by Jeremy Salt titled "Israel's Nuclear Weapons" was made available to non-subscribers free of charge. According to the Council web site: "Fresh thinking and new insights have been our stock in trade from the beginning. The policy practitioners, analysts, economists and academics appearing in our venues have provided a wide diversity of views on the region stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan and from Central Asia to Oman. They question conventional wisdom and explain complex issues without oversimplifying them. A receptive audience has welcomed these efforts from the appearance of the first issue of the journal." Established in 1993, the Capitol Hill Conference Series is aimed at members of Congress and their staffs, opinion leaders and members of the media. According to the Council web site "the starting point for each forum is the same: What are the interests of the United States in the Middle East, and how should they be realized?" Video archives from these events are available on the Council website and the events are live streamed. Since 1985, the workshops of Teach Mideast have been conducted in nearly all 50 U.S. states, reaching over 20,000 teachers.

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Congratulations to #NYUWagner alumnus and founder of Veterans in Global Leadership, Jayson William Browder (Global EMPA 2015), for being recognized in Middle East Policy Council's 40 Under 40 Awards honoring professionals who are making a difference in US-Middle East relations.
Congratulations to our Founder Jayson William Browder for being awarded the inaugural cohort of #40Under40Awardees at the Middle East Policy Council! The 40 Under 40 Awards recognize the breadth of cultural, economic, and political relationships between the United States and countries of the Middle East with awardees from a variety of professional backgrounds including academia, business, culture, and diplomacy. This year's awardees are shaping the present and future of US-Middle East relations. Located across eight countries, they have written for leading new sources, established companies and non-profits to promote cultural and economic exchange, and promoted international understanding through scholarship, law, and teaching. Please join us in celebrating and sharing the accomplishments of this year's MEPC 40 Under 40 Awardees. 👏💪 #vglvetslead #globalleadership #veterans #foreignaffairs #middleeast https://mepc.org/resources/40-under-40
This business is an agent of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On September 11, 2021 it will be 20 years since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia committed an act of war against America, Our leaders have not only covered up Saudi involvement in 9/11, they call the Saudis allies, enable their financing of subversive Islamist entities in the US and elsewhere, aid in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, stifling and violent oppression of their own people, election meddling, military aid and even transfers of sensitive technology, including nuclear technology. Much of the blame for this outrageous situation falls on the army of politically connected law firms and public relations firms that lobby for Saudi interests, trading filthy Saudi money for the freedom and safety of future generations. Of course these firms do not advertise their representation of the Saudis, playing the role of respected organizations instead of shills for the nation that attempted to deliver a deathblow to America and now seek ever greater infiltration and influence in the government and media. On this 20th anniversary of 9/11 it is far past time to call attention to these firms, an effort to shame these traitors to whom Saudi money trumps the futures of their children and the nation. This business lobbies for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, attacking the legitimate claims of the 9/11 families, Please share
New interview with Saïd Mouline, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) on #Morocco's approach to the energy transition & climate policy Middle East Policy Council
We are incredibly excited to announce the From War to Peace Building breakout panel for our Women in Global Policy seminar this May! These women are true leaders in global policy and peace building and we are both honored and thrilled that they'll be joining us. Read more ⬇️⬇️⬇️ Moderating this panel is Jane Zimmerman of Davidson College Dean Rusk International Studies Program. She has over 25 years of experience at the State Department and has served as the Executive Director and CEO of the American Research Center in Egypt and as the Executive Director for International Policy & External Affairs at the American Red Cross. She is an active PLEN volunteer; we're thrilled to welcome her back again! On our panel is Betty Bigombe, Senior Director, Fragility, Conflict and Violence, at the World Bank Group. A Ugandan national, Ms. Bigombe led the peace and humanitarian efforts in northern Uganda, in the 1990s as Minister of State for Northern Uganda and as chief mediator in the mid-2000s. Bassima Alghussein is the Executive Director of the Middle East Policy Council and Managing Partner of Alghussein Global Strategies, an international government affairs and communications consulting firm. She frequently appears on international news outlets to discuss foreign and domestic policy issues Sarah Petrin is an author, speaker, humanitarian leader, and Peace and Security Advisor. Her book, BRING RAIN: Helping Humanity in Crisis, offers a powerful, unvarnished and deeply informed look at what it means to be a relief worker as it takes readers on an unforgettable journey across continents. To hear from these #womenleaders and so many more, register for our Women in Global Policy seminar at https://plen.org/global/
Dear MEPC Community, this is a critical time in Lebanon, MENA, and the US. Please join us for this discussion on Monday, and please help us spread the word about this discussion with Lebanese-Americans, Arab-Americans, Americans in Lebanon, and friends. Building Hope in Times of Turmoil: US Elections and Lebanon-US Relations A discussion with Jim Zogby of the Arab-American Institute and former Ambassador to Morocco Ed Gabriel, who is also current head of the American Task Force on Lebanon. October 12th, 7-8:30pm Lebanon time, noon-1:30pm US East Coast time, on Zoom. Please register here: https://forms.gle/rQ9u9jmYrFXjNQa6A (or share on Facebook here: https://fb.me/e/3jVDYx9Us). Please share with other relevant people and groups.
The Middle East Policy Council recently published an article “Permission to Narrate a Pandemic In Palestine,” on the extension of academic censorship on Palestine to the medical community. To view the article, click here: https://mepc.org/journal/permission-narrate-pandemic-palestine
Don't miss this Middle East Policy Council review of Ian Lustick's new book on Israel and Palsetine, PARADIGM LOST http://ow.ly/T5rd50ABnx3
PARADIGM LOST by Ian Lustick is "well-written, well-researched and [presents] a necessary and welcome argument" according to a new review from the Middle East Policy Council http://ow.ly/Cjas50zROh0
Per la rubrica #LimesClubCisalpinoReprint La Somalia è recentemente tornata al centro della cronaca nel nostro paese. In questo paper del 2002 si analizza l'influenza dell'Islam in Somalia e nel C***o d'Africa. Middle East Policy Council
A new 5-star review on my book on Amazon: 5 out of 5 stars - The detailed story about why there is hope! Bysjbon June 16, 2018 This is a must read for anyone who cares about the Middle East. Gershon Baskin makes the political personal. He tells his story. He has spent an amazing amount of hours talking to people in the region - Palestinians and Israelis - regular citizens and party leaders as well as government officials and leadership. He never gives up hope and so he can inspire in the reader that hope. There IS a way to create peace by working together for the benefit of Palestinians and Israelis. The book includes very detailed stories about the people involved as well as very detailed proposals for how to resolve the seemingly unresolvable issues. I highly recommend you read this book.