A Necessary Engagement

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-29
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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InA Necessary Engagement, the CIA's former point man on Islam makes a vigorous case for a renewal of American public diplomacy in the Muslim world. Offering a unique balance between in-depth analysis, personal memoir, and foreign policy remedies, the book injects much-needed wisdom into the public discussion of long-term U.S.-Muslim relations.Intelligence insider Emile Nakhleh argues that an engagement with the Muslim world benefits the national interest of the United States. Therefore, the next administration should discard the terrorism prism through which the country has viewed political Islam since 9/11 and focus instead on the common interests of America and mainstream Muslims. Nakhleh investigates recent U.S. policy toward Islamic nations and offers the new administration a ten-point plan for rebuilding America's relationship with the Muslim world. The author demonstrates that winning over Arabs and Muslims requires a thorough knowledge of Arab and Muslim cultures and languages within our intelligence community, as well as a long-term American commitment of personnel and resources. While the success of these efforts will be incremental and hard to measure, Nakhleh believes that the current low standing of the United States in most Arab and Muslim countries can be reversed.Stressing that effective public diplomacy must be a serious, coordinated effort pursued at the highest political levels,A Necessary Engagementcharts a new course for future ties between the United States and the Islamic world.

Table of Contents

Notep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Political Islam and Islamizationp. 1
Islamization and Islamic Activismp. 4
Stages of Islamizationp. 8
Islamic Activism and Radicalizationp. 12
Islamic Radicals and WMDp. 14
Manifestations of Islamizationp. 17
Factors Contributing to Islamizationp. 20
Education and Islamizationp. 23
Shia Activismp. 26
Islamic Political Party Politicsp. 30
Islamic Activism, CIA Briefings, and U.S. Policy Responsesp. 33
Intelligence, Political Islam, and Policymakersp. 37
Intelligence and Policy: Roots of Tensionp. 38
Politics Trumps National Securityp. 40
Building Expertisep. 41
Academic Outreachp. 43
Training of Analystsp. 46
Cultural Expertise and Intelligence Analysisp. 47
Open-Source Data Miningp. 50
Visiting Muslim Countriesp. 51
Analytic Products, Briefings, and Policymakers' Responsep. 53
Iraq: Critical Briefings before and aft er the Invasionp. 54
Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and the American Responsep. 61
Authoritarian Regimes and Political Reformp. 64
Bureaucratic Impedimentsp. 66
Collecting Data on Political Islamp. 68
Public Diplomacy: Issues and Attitudesp. 71
Polls and Attitudesp. 73
Global War on Terrorp. 80
Invading Muslim Countriesp. 84
Democratizationp. 90
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: An "Honest Broker" Role?p. 94
Unilateralism Resonates Poorlyp. 98
Public Diplomacy: A Blueprintp. 101
Caveats and Challengesp. 105
Secularists and Modernistsp. 107
Traditionalists and Radical Salafisp. 112
Core Themesp. 120
A Blueprint 125 Conclusion Looking Aheadp. 140
Acknowledgmentsp. 145
Glossaryp. 147
Sources Citedp. 151
Indexp. 155
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