Maneuvering the Islamist-Secularist Divide in the Arab World: How the United States Can Preserve its Interests and Values in an Increasingly Polarized Environment

Maneuvering the Islamist-Secularist Divide in the Arab World: How the United States Can Preserve its Interests and Values in an Increasingly Polarized Environment
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Maneuvering the Islamist-Secularist Divide in the Arab World: How the United States Can Preserve its Interests and Values in an Increasingly Polarized Environment
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008-000-01127-3
ISBN:
9781584876427
Description

This monograph examines the Islamist-secular divide in Arab countries, particularly in Egypt and Tunisia, and why it has become so intense and polarizing. It demonstrates that having Islamist parties in power or in domineering positions in Arab societies often provokes a backlash from secular elements because the latter see the Islamists as threatening to their social freedoms. For countries beginning the transitory process from authoritarianism to democracy, the monograph recommends that the United States press for a broad governing coalition and a delay in holding elections, which would allow secular-liberal forces the opportunity to build their political parties and compete with Islamist parties. For Arab countries already facing polarization, the United States should be consistent on human rights, help to build up institutions (such as parliaments) as a hedge against authoritarian presidents, and press for inclusionary politics. In addition, the monograph recommends that U.S. Army officers should reinforce to their Arab military counterparts the value and necessity of concentrating on genuine external and internal terrorist threats, as opposed to being used as a coercive internal force that favors exclusionary politics.

 

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Audience

The findings in this monograph may be of assistance to U.S. policymakers, military planners, political analysts, and U.S. Army officers as they deal with the divide facing a number of Arab countries.  Students pursuing leadership positions within ROTC courses, or researching information for Middle East Studies or international relations courses may find this resource valuable for term papers, essays, and other assignments. 
 

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$10.00
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Publisher:
Defense Dept., Army, Strategic Studies Institute; and Army War College
Author:
  • Aftandilian, Gregory
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Back cover has a barcode and 3 QR codes.
Key Phrases:
  • Islamist Secularist Divide in the Arab World
  • Arab World
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • How the United States Can Preserve its Interests and Values in an Increasingly Polarized Environment
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Record Creation Date:
05/05/2015
Last Status Update:
02/11/2019
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