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The challenge of talking about terrorism: the EU and the Arab debate on the causes of Islamist terrorism

Berger, L and Behr, H 2009, 'The challenge of talking about terrorism: the EU and the Arab debate on the causes of Islamist terrorism' , Terrorism and Political Violence, 21 (4) , pp. 539-557.

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    Abstract

    The Arab ‘hegemonic debate’ on the causes of Islamist terrorism nurtures (pan-) Arab, antiwestern sentiments and delegitimizes criticism of the political status quo. The European Union’s emphasis on multilateral means of conflict resolution and trade promotion leads to official pronouncements that barely address the Arab world’s domestic problems, instead referring to international tensions such as the Arab-Israeli conflict as a particular cause of Islamist terrorism and the need for cooperation with Arab governments. By failing to challenge the official narratives of authoritarian Arab regimes the EU obstructs interests in the democratization of the region and the delegitimization of Islamist violence.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in Terrorism and Political Violence © 2009 [copyright Taylor & Francis]. Terrorism and Political Violence is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1556- 1836&volume=21&issue=4&spage=539
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Arab liberals, authoritarianism, democracy, Egypt, European Union, hegemonic discourses, Islamist terrorism, root causes, Saudi Arabia
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Terrorism and Political Violence
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0954-6553
    Depositing User: Dr Lars Berger
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 10:32
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:05
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17125

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