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The myth of excluding moderate Islamists in the Arab world
The myth of excluding moderate Islamists in the Arab world
Islamist movements in the Arab world have varied widely during the last 30 years. Groups range from promoting violence for political reform to others which follow a more moderate approach towards a peaceful change
Thursday, March 11,2010 11:49
by Khalil Al-Anani Brookings
Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, American confusion over moderate Islamist groups has caused U.S. policymakers to accuse them of bearing at least some responsibility for the existence of extremist movements in the Middle East. Moreover, because official American discourse conflates moderates and radicals, and sees even moderates as serious threats to U.S. strategic interests in the region, the United States has accepted or ignored Arab regimes’ repression of Islamist movements. The danger is that the exclusion of moderate groups from the political arena may cause them, and their constituents, to radicalize. As Francois Burgat has written, “State violence creates the violence of the Islamists.

The current situation in the Arab world presents the following dilemmas: Can Arab regimes, with the backing of the United States, successfully exclude moderate Islamists from the political scene? What are the risks of doing so? What are the effects of exclusion on the interests and image of the United States in the region? Given these questions, how then should the United States deal with moderate Islamists? This paper analyzes the dangers posed by excluding all moderate Islamists from the political arena, and recommends measures by which the United States can engage moderate Islamist parties in order to advance both its democratic principles and national security interests.
tags: Political Islam / Moderate Islamists / Qaeda / Qaida / 9/11 / War on Terror / Engage / Engaging / Arab Regimes / Moderate Muslim Brotherhood / September 11 / Islamist Movements
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Friday, March 12,2010 02:41
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