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March 10, 2005

Nationalism, Religion, and Terrorism

Creative Policy Debate Question 12

Some scholars speculate that US led military action in Iraq is spurring a pan-Arab backlash, causing thousands of Arab volunteers to gather today in Iraq; much the same way Arabs flocked to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets in the 1980’s. Taking this view further, some conclude that the Bush administration played into the hands of religious fundamentalists by offering them pan Arab nationalism as a recruitment tool. Osama Bin Laden seems to merge religion and national identity in his frequent referral to an Islamic caliphate.

Are Islamic terrorist groups like Al Qaeda driven by pan-Islamic nationalism, religious fervor, or a combination of both? What policies can be devised to deal with these two potentially converging forces?

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Due to the interest in other Creative Debates we did not hold the Nationalism, Religion, and Terrorism Creative Debate session.

Posted by: AtochaWorkshop at April 5, 2005 05:48 PM


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