The 3rd Wave of Islamic Radicalism

by Laurence on 3/28/2005

Paul Goble asks whether democracy will bring peace and prosperity or more strife:

TARTU, Estonia — The popular revolution that has overthrown Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev has exacerbated concerns in Moscow that a “third generation” of Islamic radicalism has emerged in Central Asia, one likely to be far more organized, violent and international than its predecessors.

At one level, of course, the expression of such concerns is little more than an attempt by Russian commentators to discredit the events in Kyrgyzstan and to force the Western supporters of democratic transformations in that region to pause and ask themselves whether they are in fact opening the door to Islamic radicalism.


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