Socio-Economic Strategies to Counter Islamic Extremism in Iraq
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The events of September 11 made it painfully clear that the political, social and economic problems of other countries have a direct impact on American national security. While the roots of terrorism are complex1, its safe to say that the United States was attacked by a terrorist organization that in large part has had great success in recruiting new members in nations which offer young men little political voice and limited economic opportunity.
Paper prepared for the Workshop on Countering the Pull of Islamic Extremism, Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State and The Office of Terrorism Analysis Arlington, Virginia, July 22, 2005