Radical Islam in East Africa

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Rand Corporation, Jan 13, 2009 - Political Science - 110 pages
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American geopolitical interests and the potential threats to those interests are both on the rise in East Africa. The author places the spread of militant Islamism and the development of radical Islamist networks in East Africa in the broader context of the social, economic, and political factors that have shaped the region's security environment.

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CHAPTER ONE AlQaeda in East Africa
CHAPTER TWO Characteristics of East African Environment Conducive to a Jihadist Presence
CHAPTER THREE The EthnoReligious Landscape of East Africa
CHAPTER FOUR The Growth of Radical Islam
CHAPTER FIVE Countering Terrorism in East Africa

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Angel Rabasa is a senior political scientist at RAND whose research and analyses address problems of international security, extremism, and terrorism. His 2003 publication, The Muslim World after 9/11, received wide acclaim for its comprehensive synthesis of the trends across the different regions of the Muslim world. Rabasa is the lead author of the 2006 publication Beyond al-Qaeda, a two-volume collection of analyses that tracked jihadists' movements globally and highlighted the role of ideology in sustaining Islamist terrorism, and the author of Building Moderate Muslim Networks (2007) with Cheryl Benard. He is also the author of books on Islamism in Southeast Asia, Turkey and East Africa, and on the de-radicalization of Islamist extremists.

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