Posts Tagged ‘Arab’

Emiratization Proposal: programs written and taught in Arabic.

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

There has been some confusion about Tom’s Pattillo’s proposal to help UAE women college and university graduates join private industry by creating and operating Business Soft Skills Training Centres.

Some people think the courses developed will only be taught in English.

Although the ability to speak Arabic and English is required to participate in the proposed program, the Centre would develop and teach only Arabic courses.

Potential clients would be Arabic speaking women (perhaps older than 30), who want to learn, in a short term “workshop” or “seminar” program, how to do “things” (from cooking, to understanding their children, to public speaking, to the newest technology, and retirement planning).

The courses developed would be based on the needs of the potential customers as discovered through consumer research including focus group methods.

Syria: Is ANYONE surprised they are not adhering to their “promises”?

Posted on: April 1st, 2012 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Is anyone surprised that Syria is not going to follow any peace or ceasefire initiatives?

The tribal culture does not betray the tribe. The tribe is all.

Those familiar with tribal culture know that the answer to “Will you do this?” is always “Yes.”

A contract is only valid when the two parties are together. Once the parties are not in the same room, the conditions of the contract mean nothing. (In business it is accepted knowledge that in the Arab world, a contract is the “beginning” of negotiations, not the conclusion. Tribal cultures do not consider reneging on a contract illegal, immoral or unethical. In fact, I would argue there is no word for reneging. The tribe comes first always!

The strategy of authoritarian countries is always to say “yes”. Look at Iran’s tactics with their “agreements” to allow nuclear inspection teams into their country to verify compliance to International agreements. Iran knows the Western response (at least in public) is to somehow believe Iran is telling the truth, is being “honest”, and is really “concerned” with world opinion. NOTHING could be further from the truth.

Iran is just throwing sand. (As in “when caught on the horns of a dilemma the best strategy is to throw sand in the “bulls” eyes.”)

Syria is doing the same thing.

World opinion, and the hopes of all of us, is that Syria and Iran will somehow begin to “follow” our “recommendations”, “suggestions”, “pleas”, and “righteous desire”. It is not going to happen.

While I am not a fan of Israel’s use of this same strategy (yes we won’t antagonize the Palestinians (and the West in general) by encouraging settlements in “traditional” Palestinian areas) I also realize Israel is a tribal nation and sees absolutely nothing wrong with the “yes of course” tactic. (This undoubtedly influences how Israel and the Iran negotiate (or don’t negotiate). They both understand each other’s strategy/tactics. Eventually the “lying” and public posturing is seen for what it is; buying time to further prepare for war. Sneak attacks are the tribal way. In conclusion: Syria’s leaders, past, present, and future, will always say “yes”, (which actually means “when we are in the same room with you (or in the public eye) we say ‘yes’, but once you leave we will do whatever we want”)

Note: If one takes even a cursory look at tribal reality in Syria you will see that Assad is from a very small minority religious faction/tribe. He will destroy all opposition (Sunni and Shi’a) without guilt. And be aware that regardless of the face of the opposition who might take over (by whatever means), the same way of looking the world will still result is the “yes, of course” strategy and tactics.

What to do? Hope for the best, plan for the worst? Let Assad continue to lie with impunity? Pray Israel will not start World War III? Pray the US will FINALLY start listening to their cultural experts (a balance between hawks and doves) and act with an intelligence they so sorely needed in the past, need now in the present, and will undoubtedly need it the future.

What do you think?