United States' Role in Combating Militant Islam in France   [open pdf - 874KB]

From the thesis abstract: "The terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 opened American eyes to the magnitude of a long existing security threat to the United States and many of its allies around the world. Although there had been terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and its interests abroad, the United States' elements of national power had been brought to bear somewhat discretely prior to 9/11. Since then, the U.S. strategy has been codified into a long term approach of advancing effective democracy with four short term objectives of preventing terrorist attacks, denying weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation, denying terrorist sanctuary and support, and denying terrorists bases for launching terror. The extensive efforts do not aggressively seek an important long term goal: denying Islamist demagogues access to their most precious near-term objective -- the vulnerable population from which they seek to recruit. By pursuing this objective, in addition to the others, in a manner tailored to each of its global allies, the United States can strategically impact this fight. France, with its considerable, vulnerable Algerian population, is but one example of where this approach can be applied[.]"

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