Accession Number:

ADA416610

Title:

Socio-Economic Roots of Radicalism? Towards Explaining the Appeal of Islamic Radicals

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

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Report Date:

2003-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

Why do Islamic radicals enjoy so much sympathy in the Middle East and wider Muslim world The author argues that such radicalism is a political response to the deepening economic, social, political, and cultural crisis in the Muslim World. Rapid demographic growth, educational changes, government policy failure, and rapid urbanization are among the causes of high unemployment, and increasing poverty, which, together with other forces, have alienated large sectors of Muslim youth. The regional crisis has deep historical roots, and simple solutions do not exist. A long-term strategy is needed. Elements of that strategy include recognition of the limits of American power in the face of this multidimensional crisis, concrete steps to resolve the Palestinian problem, and improved intelligence cooperation and covert actions. The future of the region belongs to young Muslims we should ask of any proposed policy how will they interpret our actions

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE