The fight against radical Islamism has emerged as the defining struggle of the Twenty-First Century. Yet today the international community knows precious little about the groups that espouse this extremist ideology, their ideological programs, political and/or military capabilities, and worldwide appeal.
The threat posed by Islamism is very real, and it is growing. From Western Europe to Asia, from the Middle East to the Horn of Africa, moderate forces are finding themselves under growing assault by radical Islamist forces proposing a harsh totalitarian worldview. In some countries, such as Great Britain, Denmark and France, the challenge posed by radical Islamism is still limited in scope and embryonic in nature. But in others, including Somalia, Lebanon and Pakistan, it is mature, and poses a mortal danger to the future of the current state.
Charting the worldwide spread of radical Islamist ideology, as well as the successes and failures of foreign governments in confronting this challenge, is essential to informed policy-planning on the part of the U.S. government and our allies in this struggle.
The American Foreign Policy Council’s World Almanac of Islamism is a comprehensive resource focusing on the nature of the contemporary Islamist threat in individual countries and regions, intended to provide an accurate picture of the rise or decline of radical Islamism on a national, regional and global level.
The views expressed herein are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of AFPC. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and veracity of this work. Any remaining errors, misrepresentations or mischaracterizations should be considered those of the authors themselves.
Editors and Staff
Co-Editors: Ilan Berman, AFPC Vice President and Jeff M. Smith, AFPC Director of South Asia Programs, Kraemer Strategy Fellow
Project Coordinator: Margot van Loon, AFPC Junior Fellow
Website Architect: Rich Harrison, AFPC Director of Operations and Defense Technology Programs
Website Developer: New Signature
The World Almanac of Islamism is a unique product, an authoritative snapshot of the current global state of the political phenomenon of Islamism. It is also, by its nature, a massive intellectual and organizational undertaking, one that simply would not be possible without the ongoing assistance of numerous talented researchers. This iteration of the Almanac is no different, and benefited tremendously from the help of Jared Swanson, Alison Smith, Anthony Erlandson, Jess Sardella, Kayla Scott, James O’Bryant, Sarah Bertin, Harrison Menke, and Alicia Chavy, among others.
Special thanks go to AFPC Junior Fellow Margot Van Loon, who assumed the role of the Almanac’s project coordinator, and who—in that capacity—was instrumental to maintaining and interacting with AFPC’s broad network of subject matter experts. Rich Harrison, AFPC’s Director of Defense Technology Programs, deserves our gratitude as well for helping to maintain and refine the Almanac’s digital edition and overall online presence. And, as always, AFPC President Herman Pirchner, Jr. deserves recognition for his vision in conceiving of this project, and for his encouragement and guidance throughout.
Ilan Berman and Jeff M. Smith
*The idea was first raised in 2008 by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch in a conversation with Herman Pirchner Jr. and John Wobensmith.
A Word About Definitions
For the purposes of this collection, the term ISLAMIST is used to describe movements, groups and individuals which harness religious values and ideals to serve a larger political agenda aimed at spreading or imposing Islamic law, either locally, regionally or internationally.
About the American Foreign Policy Council
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