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Building Bridges Not Walls: Engaging with political Islamists in the Middle East and North Africa

Building Bridges Not Walls: Engaging with political Islamists in the Middle East and North Africa

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This report argues that dialogue with non-violent political Islamist parties and movements should be an urgent priority for the Obama administration and its allies, including the UK, as key to achieving long-term stability in the region. A number of specific recommendations are included.
This report argues that dialogue with non-violent political Islamist parties and movements should be an urgent priority for the Obama administration and its allies, including the UK, as key to achieving long-term stability in the region. A number of specific recommendations are included.

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BuildingBridges,NotWalls
EngagingwithpoliticalIslamistsintheMiddleEastandNorthAfrica
ByAlexGlennieSeptember2009©ippr2009
InstituteforPublicPolicyResearch
Challengingideas– Changingpolicy
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BuildingBridges,NotWalls:EngagingwithpoliticalIslamistsintheMiddleEastandNorthAfrica
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Aboutippr............................................................................................................................. 3Acknowledgements............................................................................................................... 3Abbreviationsanddefinitions................................................................................................ 4Executivesummaryandrecommendations........................................................................... 61.Introduction....................................................................................................................... 82.PoliticalIslaminEgypt.................................................................................................... 123.PoliticalIslaminMorocco............................................................................................... 184.PoliticalIslaminJordan .................................................................................................. 225.WesternpolicyintheMENAregion................................................................................ 266.WesternengagementwithIslamistmovementsintheMENAregion............................ 357.Conclusions ..................................................................................................................... 40Referencesandrecommendations ...................................................................................... 49Appendix:Projectmethodology........................................................................................ 50
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BuildingBridges,NotWalls:EngagingwithpoliticalIslamistsintheMiddleEastandNorthAfrica
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TheInstituteforPublicPolicyResearch(ippr)istheUK’sleadingprogressivethinktank,producingcutting-edgeresearchandinnovativepolicyideasforajust,democraticandsustainableworld.Since1988,wehavebeenattheforefrontofprogressivedebateandpolicymakingintheUK.Throughourindependentresearchandanalysiswedefinenewagendasforchangeandprovidepracticalsolutionstochallengesacrossthefullrangeofpublicpolicyissues.WithofficesinbothLondonandNewcastle,weensureouroutlookisasbroad-basedaspossible,whileourGlobalChangeprogrammeextendsourpartnershipsandinfluencebeyondtheUK,givingusatrulyworld-classreputationforhighqualityresearch.
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30-32SouthamptonStreet,LondonWC2E7RA.Tel:+44(0)2074706100E:info@ippr.orgwww.ippr.org.RegisteredCharityNo.800065
ThispaperwasfirstpublishedinSeptember2009.
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Aboutippr
Thisreportistheoutcomeofalengthyresearchproject,andwouldnothavebeenpossiblewithoutthesupportofanumberofcolleagues.Atippr,thankstoAndyHull,KatiePaintin,IanKearnsandCareyOppenheimfortheircommentsandtoGeorginaKyriacouforeditingandproduction.ThanksalsotoNathalieTocci(ItalianInstituteforInternationalAffairs)forhercommentsonanearlydraft,andtoresearchpartnersintheMENAregionfortheirinputtothecasestudiesonMorocco,JordanandEgypt.Finally,manythankstotheindividualswhohavespokenatorparticipatedinconferencesorganisedinRabat,Amman,BrusselsandLondon.ThisworkwascarriedoutwiththegeneroussupportoftheUKForeignandCommonwealthOffice,theDanishMinistryofForeignAffairs,andtheMiddleEastGoodGovernanceFundoftheInternationalDevelopmentResearchCentreinCanada.Theviewsexpressedinthispaperarethoseoftheauthoralone,andarenotattributabletoanysponsoringorganisation.
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