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Title: Islamic Activism and U.S. Foreign Policy (...
Publisher: United States Institute of Peace
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For many in the West, political violence in Algeria, the Middle East, and elsewhere has come to symbolize the threat of Islamic activism. Terrorist attacks such as the bombing on the World Trade Towers have solidified this view. Western governments, however, must deal with the challenge of extremism in the broader context of their relations with diverse states with contrasting histories, geographies, and peoples.
To assess this challenge, the Institute brought together a distinguished group of policy analysts, practitioners, and scholars for a series of frank discussions. The sessions analyzed the nature of Islamic activism including moderate political parties and militant extremists and the options for policymakers to mitigate violence in a range of cases.
The main problem for the United States, participants concluded, is how to confront militant extremism while recognizing the importance of religious identity and the legitimate need in many countries for social and political reform. A foreword by William B. Quandt, Middle East expert and former National Security Council staff member, spells out how policymakers can respond most effectively to the challenge of Islamic activism.
Scott Hibbard is a program officer in the Religion, Ethics, and Human Rights Initiative of the United States Institute of Peace.
David Little is senior scholar in the Institute's Religion, Ethics, and Human Rights Initiative. An expert in the fields of human rights and religion in international affairs, he established the Institute's working group on religion, ideology, and peace, which has been engaged in a multiyear study of religion, nationalism, and intolerance, with special reference to the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Intolerance and Discrimination. His books, Ukraine: The Legacy of Intolerance and Sri Lanka: The Invention of Enmity, are based on the findings of the working group. He has also written or co-authored numerous other publications, including Human Rights and the Conflict of Values: Western and Islamic Perspectives of Religious Liberty.
Formerly professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, Little has taught at Harvard and Yale Divinity Schools and at other academic institutions. He received his Th.D. from Harvard University.
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