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Fostering Fundamentalism

Terrorism, Democracy and American Engagement in Central Asia, 1st Edition

By Matthew Crosston


194 pages

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Is the United States, in its fight against terror and pursuit of Osama Bin Laden, recklessly creating conditions in Central Asia to produce the next Bin Laden? Matthew Crosston studies this controversial argument in his political analysis of US foreign policy on Central Asia. He looks specifically at the 'no-man's land nexus' connecting Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and the heart of Central Asian Islamic radicalism - the Fergana Valley. This book breaks new ground by examining in unflinching detail the unwitting role US foreign policy plays in fomenting that 'hot zone' and extremism, producing a new generation of Islamic radicals. University courses that deal with US foreign policy, international security, terrorism and/or Eurasian politics will want to make this book required reading.


'Well-structured, consistently interesting and attention-grabbing. This is a hard-hitting critique of current American foreign policy - as opposed to the fence-sitting, anti-normative material many political scientists feel they ought to write - and the author's warnings are sobering and refreshingly up-to-date. Fostering Fundamentalism is also an excellent guide to developments in a region many readers will know little about but which is nevertheless critical to the "war on terrorism".' David Patrick Houghton, University of Central Florida, USA '… thoroughly researched and finely crafted… [the author] also provides an up-to-date, highly informative account of sociopolitical conditions… Highly recommended.' Choice ''This work exists to call attention to the fact that our stalwart pursuit of present-day terrorism has been done in a way that will […] in fact enable the reemergence of transnational terrorist groups and give them the arguments needed to attract new legions to the cause' so concludes author Matthew Crosston (p. 162). He provides the reader with a detailed case study of how the repressive policies of the three nations that border the Ferghana Valley in Central Asia dovetail with our own nation’s diplomatic naiveté, and how these facts contribute to this conclusion. Extensive chapter notes and the author’s own first-hand interviews with regional officials buttress his conclusion. Maps, tables, and supportive figures make the argument additionally compelling and assist the reader. An appendix of web links for Central Asia will aid those desiring more information and a brief index conclude the work… The strength of this volume is the author’s complete command of the socio-political facts within the region. He documents the regional illustration of an age-old truth: repression of any religion by a nation only fuels their spiritual power and social appeal… this is precisely the kind of serious and gritty immersion in the political and s

About the Author

Matthew Crosston is Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at Clemson University, USA. He specializes in the problems of democratization, terrorism and corruption and has been invited to speak throughout Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. He has a PhD from Brown University with additional degrees from the University of London and Colgate University.

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US Foreign Policy and Conflict in the Islamic World

US Foreign Policy and Conflict in the Islamic World
The proliferation of an anti-US ideology among radicalized Islamic groups has emerged as one of the most significant security concerns for the United States and contemporary global relations in the wake of the end of the Cold War. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 demonstrated the danger posed by Islamic extremists to US domestic and foreign interests. Through a wealth of case studies this new series examines the role that US foreign policy has played in exacerbating or ameliorating hostilities among and within Muslim nations as a means of exploring the rise in tension between some Islamic groups and the West. The series provides an interdisciplinary framework of analysis which, transcending traditional, narrow modes of inquiry, permits a comprehensive examination of US foreign policy in the context of the Islamic world.

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