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'Air and Space Power Journal' launches Arabic edition

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFPN) -- The professional flagship publication of the Air Force, the “Air and Space Power Journal,” is adding an Arabic version to its list of international editions in January.

The journal has been produced by the College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education here since 1949. The Arabic version will reach 22 Arabic-speaking countries.

The journal’s editor, Lt. Col. Paul Berg, said the international editions are not just translations of the English version. The editors select articles they believe are most pertinent to their readers.

The January launch culminates a process that has spanned nearly three years, Colonel Berg said, and would not have been possible without its Arabic-speaking editor, 2nd Lt. Basma Abdul-Hamid.

Lieutenant Abdul-Hamid grew up in the Middle East, immigrating to the United States in her 20s.

“Not only does she speak the language, but she also has the cultural awareness of the region,” Colonel Berg said. “Once we got her here in July, we were able to start up the Arabic (version) earlier than projected.”

The first couple of editions will feature Arabic translations of previously published English articles, the lieutenant said, with the goal of publishing original articles from Arabic-speaking military officials in the future.

Besides the Arabic version, a French edition is slated to be published later in the year. With its launch, all journal editions together will reach 91 countries.

To view the latest edition, visit www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil. (Courtesy of AETC News Service)

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