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Accession Number ADA573939
Title Al Qaeda and the Arab Spring -- An Ideological Assessment.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 103p
Personal Author W. K. Lewis
Abstract The Arab Spring of 2011 resulted in widespread unrest as Muslims protested against long-standing, oppressive regimes. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Bahrain found themselves at a crossroads between reform and chaos. The Muslim Ummah was ripe for influence from provocative voices such as Al Qaeda. However, Al Qaeda's rhetoric failed to capitalize on this golden opportunity. It issued a number of statements to the people of the Muslim world that demonstrated its inability to find relevance during this time of change. Its narrative of jihad against the 'Far Enemy' failed to resonate with Tunisians who sought greater economic opportunity, with Egyptians who wanted greater self-determination, or with Libyans who were joined by Western nations to topple Gaddafi. To Bahrainis, who underwent a struggle for change against King Khalifa and his security forces, Al Qaeda was notably silent. Al Qaeda and its affiliates missed this golden opportunity to reverse the decline in support it had experienced since September 11, 2001. Its statements reveal a lack of new ideas and older ones that are often inconsistent among its affiliates, and expose fissures within the network. As its messaging demonstrates, Al Qaeda likely will experience continued decline and marginalization in the years to come.
Keywords Al qaeda
Aqap(Al qaeda in the arabian peninsula)
Aqim(Al qaeda in the islamic maghreb)
Arab spring
Civil disturbances
Foreign policy
Political revolution
Public opinion
Sectarian violence
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92E - International Relations
92B - Psychology
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Defense Analysis Dept.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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