The ETIM: China's Islamic Militants and the Global Terrorist Threat

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - History - 244 pages

To effectively engage China on counterterrorism issues, we must understand the capabilities and intentions of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the most significant Muslim militant group in China. The ETIM: China's Islamic Militants and the Global Terrorist Threat is the first book to focus specifically on the ETIM, a terrorist group that demands an independent Muslim state for the Uyghur ethnic minority in northwest China.

This fascinating study offers a comprehensive account of the group's origins, objectives, ideology, leadership, and tactics. It details the historical and contemporary contexts of the Uyghur separatist movement, the ETIM's alleged ties to international terrorist networks, and the Chinese government's interest in promoting the ETIM as a significant international problem. In addition, the book addresses conflicting claims about the membership and viability of the organization, noting where the Chinese government has apparently manipulated information about the ETIM to suit its own goals. A final chapter explores how various countries define ETIM activities and what that means for relations with China.


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This book was excellent! Reed and Raschke were objective and concise in their explanation of what the ETIM is. I would recommend to anyone who is at all curious about the goings-on of this organization in Xinjiang, the impact of the war on terrorism of those unaffiliated with this organization, or those just longing to expand their knowledge about the Uyghur population.  


1 Introduction
2 The Contemporary and Historical Contexts of Uyghur Separatism
3 The ETIMs Origins Evolution Ideology Rhetoric and Activities
4 The ETIMs Transnational Presence
5 The ETIM and the PRCs Political Agenda
6 The ETIM and US Policy
Appendix A Uyghur Separatism Timeline
Appendix B PRC News Releases about the ETIM
Appendix C ETIM Member Biographies

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About the author (2010)

J. Todd Reed is a program manager for Advanced Analytics at BAE Systems in the Washington, D.C. area.

Diana Raschke is a deputy project manager at The Analysis Corporation (TAC) in the Washington, D.C. area.

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