Turbulence: Islamic Factor in US Foreign Policy

Author name: 
Zabikhulla S. Saipov
School of International and Public Affairs
Political Science

As an eyewitness to developments from the very beginning of 9/11 attacks in New York as a Columbia student and an interpreter of US officials talks including Madeleine Albright with the Uzbek Muslim clergy sparked a keen interest of the author of this book in more thorough research of the United States long term strategic approaches towards Islam, Muslims and the countries of the Muslim world. This study intends to comprehensively follow the growth of Washington’s awareness in its multi-level struggle against religious extremism and to expedite the process of democratization. Of particular interest are insights into the evolving concepts among the US academia, official and policy circles on mapping of state and non-actors of the Muslim world, American Muslim community, cycles of change as well as reformation of Islamic thought It also shows the Washington’s Islamist dilemma, root causes of trepidation and future risks that its involvement and interference might lead as well as backfire to both the West and the Muslim world itself. This monograph is designed for political science students, analysts of US foreign policy, Islamic area studies, grand strategy, international security and world order. The single most advantage of this study is it is explained in its almost consummate impartial, non-partisan and unbiased narrative of facts, events and opinions having a bright representative of a realist school of thought Hans Morgenthau’s main principle in mind – “diplomacy must look at the political scene from the point of view of other nations.” As this long years of work has been published in Russian the author would appreciate any suggestions to arrange translation of this work into English.