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Emotions, Poverty, or Politics: US military perspectives on Islamic Movements by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
June 7, 2007, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Articles, conflict, If you only have 15 mins, Megatrend

Anne Marie Baylouny of the US Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey writes a fascinating article that sheds some light on how the US military is thinking about ‘violent movements in the name of Islam’ here. It’s a short, and interesting take. Without wanting to give away the punchline, Anne tells us that we need to spend more time understanding the issues – “Islamism is one of the most important foci of policy makers and scholars today, yet misconceptions about it abound. We lose a great deal by ignoring the knowledge generated through years of study in other parts of the world, data that could aid in correctly identifying what Islamism is, what causes it, when it turns violent, and how best to meet our policy aims.

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