Author: Chintamani Mahapatra
Foreword/Introduction: Hamid Ansari
Publisher: Academic Foundation
ISBN/UPC (if available): 97881716593
The United States ‘mercurial foreign policies toward the Muslim world-including actions taken against Islamic countries who have attempted to challenge the United States’ regional dominance; and alliances with Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia-are expertly examined in this incisive treatise. Islamic revivalism, the emergence of a highly political Islamic population, the rise of terrorism, and other recent socio-political changes are also thoroughly discussed.
How the US has reconfigured its policy towards the radical and the conservative group of Muslim countries and how its new mission against terrorism has affected international relation, particularly US-India relations, is the central focus of the study.
Chintamani Mahapatra has written a volume that offers a valuable summary of the United States’ tenuous relationship with the Islamic world. His through-going, impartial review of recent history and current events is of great utility to the scholar, student, and interest citizen. The complex is rendered comprehensible by his carefully organized analysis.
- FRANCES H. ONEAL, Professor of International Relations, University of Alabama, USA
Chintamani Mahapatra has come out with an incisive study of current US perception of Islam and Policy towards select Muslim countries. It is a well researched book that delineates the thinking and goals of leading policy planners and think-tanks in United States towards Muslim countries; and the fall-out of these policies especially for India. The work presents a balanced analysis; besides being, of course, very timely. The book is a must read for specialists and scholars on US strategic policy and developments in the Muslim world.
- ABDUL NAFEY, Professor, Centre for Canadian, US and Latin American Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
Chintamani Mahapatra is well known as a specialist of American Studies in Indian and his book is a testimony to his insightful observations and critical examination of US policy towards select Islamic countries in the context of emerging complex interactions between the US and various kinds of Islamic forces. It is an outsider’s view of US national security approach and is relevant for both American and Indian scholarly communities and even policy makers.
-P.STOBDAN, Senior Fellow at IDSA & formerly Director, Centre for Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu, India.
Does the United States have a problem with Islam? Does it have a problem with people who call themselves Muslims? Is it a domestic or a foreign policy question with domestic ramifications? What has been the wider domestic and foreign policy discourse on these matters, before and after the trauma induced by 9/11. Each question leads to more questions. The picture that emerges is one of considerable complexity, and far from complete.
Dr Mahapatra's monograph puts the focus on these interests and the manner in which they have been pursued. His analysis of policy sheds useful light on perceived objectives and the extent of success in achieving them. The study if of particular relevance to India and Indians.
- Hamid Ansari, Currently Vice President of India
1. American Encounter with Islam and the Muslims
2. The American Perception of Islam
3. Washington’s Approach to Political Islam during the Cold War
4. Islam in Post – Cold War Era: Clinton’s Attitude
5. War Against Jihad and Insurgency: Afghanistan and Iraq
6. Managing Islamic Radicals: Libya, Syria and Iran
7. Anti-Americanism in pro-American States: Saudi Arabia and Egypt
8. Implications for India
9. Concluding Observations