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Friday, August 08, 2003
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Socio-economic Roots Of Islamic Radicalism

Very interesting paper from the Strategic Studies Institute, discussing the limits of US power and challenging observations about the 9/11 hijackers. The 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 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?


PS--On a related note, there is also an July paper on Assessing the Impact of U.S.-Israeli Relations on the Arab World from SSI. 

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