Professor Spencer Bakich posted this on the blog for the y:1 course 9/11 and the “New Normal” Decade.
One of the most influential American foreign policy journals, Foreign Affairs, has just released its newest issue. Therein you will find the article “Al Qaeda’s Challenge: The Jihadists’ War With Islamist Democrats” written by William McCants. Among McCants’ conclusions is the following:
“With Western-backed dictators falling, al Qaeda might seem closer than ever to its goal of building Islamic states. But the revolutions have empowered the group’s chief rivals instead: Islamist parliamentarians, who are willing to use ballots, not bombs.”
To what extent does McCants’ argument square with Aslan’s ultimate conclusion pertaining to the viability of Islamism as a “third way” (that is, a better form of governance than either secular authoritarianism or Salafism/Jihadism)?
In addition to the importance of McCants’ argument, I offer this post to allow you to takeSBC’s library resources for a test drive. Don’t have a subscription to Foreign Affairs? No worries. Go to the main library page, and click on the “journal finder” tab. There you can enter the name of the journal you need and you will be taken to a list of the databases that hold the relevant journal to which SBC subscribes. It might take a bit (but only a bit) of legwork. Our electronic resources are quite robust; the sooner you learn how to navigate them, the sooner you will be on your way to researching and writing excellent papers for your classes.