The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are

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The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are

April 18, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
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Middle East Program
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Islamist politics have been reinvigorated by the power shifts happening in the Middle East. As secular dictatorships fall, religious conservatism is gaining actual strength and consolidating itself in positions of political power. Better comprehending this new dynamic is the subject of The Islamists Are Coming, a new book edited by Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright.

On Wednesday, as part of The Wilson Center’s National Conversation series, Wright and other Mideast experts gathered to discuss what the rise of Islamist politics means for the region. They addressed how Islamist politics differ from country to country, and they examined the impact on U.S. foreign policy, Israel, and larger geopolitical relations.

The Islamists Are Coming is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring. Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties. They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region, more than any other political bloc, yet they have diverse goals and different constituencies. Sometimes they are even rivals.

In this book, Robin Wright offers an overview and 10 experts identify Islamists in Algeria, Egypt (two chapters), Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian territories, Syria, and Tunisia. Each chapter is designed to help both a general audience and specialists.

A book website at www.theislamistsarecoming.com, launched on the day of the event, will provide updates and an ongoing conversation among these and other experts.

The National Conversation at the Woodrow Wilson Center series provides a safe political space for deep dialogue and informed discussion of the most significant problems and challenges facing the nation and the world.

Location: 
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
    Journalist and Author/Editor of eight books, most recently editor of "The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are"
  • Nathan J Brown // Fellow
    Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Assistant Professor of Arab Politics, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Jane Harman // Director, President and CEO
  • Steve Inskeep // Moderator
    Host, Morning Edition on National Public Radio
  • David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
    Middle East Specialist and Former Washington Post Correspondent
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Overview

The Islamists Are Coming is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring.  Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties.  They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region more than any other political bloc. Yet they have diverse goals and different constituencies. Sometimes they are even rivals.

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