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Martyrs In Mesopotamia: The Logic Of Suicide Terrorism In Iraq, Brian M. Kelly Mar 2008

Martyrs In Mesopotamia: The Logic Of Suicide Terrorism In Iraq, Brian M. Kelly

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Although the tactic of suicide terrorism is thousands of years old, it has appeared in Iraq at unprecedented levels. The predominance of suicide terrorism in the insurgency has led scholars to embrace two diametrically opposed theoretical frameworks. Whereas Huntington’s framework explains suicide terrorism in Iraq as the result of a clash of civilizations between the Western and Islamic worlds, Pape’s framework argues that secular nationalist forces in opposition to the U.S. occupation conduct the attacks. However, both of these frameworks overlook the ethno-sectarian divisions within the insurgency. This thesis offers a new theoretical framework, which argues that ...


How The Influence Of Religion Makes The Foreign Policy Of The Bush Administration Revolutionary, And How This Has Affected Our Relations With European Allies, Alexandra Kougentakis Mar 2007

How The Influence Of Religion Makes The Foreign Policy Of The Bush Administration Revolutionary, And How This Has Affected Our Relations With European Allies, Alexandra Kougentakis

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It is widely recognized that the rhetoric and actions of the Bush administration are strongly marked by religious terminology and principles, particularly those o evangelical Christianity. The prominence and new political sophistication of religious groups imply that its current character is a departure from the past. Yet while religious conservatives are seen as a significant force in domestic and electoral politics, their influence in the arena of foreign policy is not generally a topic of serious debate. The omission is significant; not only do domestic politics often influence the direction of foreign policy, but in the case of the religious ...