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Public Opinion in the Islamic World on Terrorism, al Qaeda, and US Policies


Public Opinion in the Islamic World on Terrorism, al Qaeda, and US Policies

Abstract: 
To deal with the threat posed by groups that use terrorist methods against Americans, in particular al Qaeda, the US is faced by more than the problem of the groups themselves. These groups operate in a larger society that provides them with some degree of support—enough to allow them to persist.  The purpose of this study is to understand more deeply the nature and extent of this support, and also to determine how it is evolving. This points to a range of questions. Acts of terrorism (defined here as attacks against civilians by substate actors with the intent of achieving a political goal) are unique in that they are at odds with a large body of normative thinking that spans the world, including the Muslim world. And yet to operate, groups that use terrorism must be viewed as legitimate by some sector of society. But how large is this sector? Are there reasons to believe that a new norm is emerging that endorses such methods?

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Full Citation: 

Kull, Steven, and Clay Ramsay, Stephen Weber, Evan Lewis, and Ebrahim Mohseni. 2009. "Public Opinion in the Islamic World on Terrorism, al Qaeda, and US Policies." WorldPublicOpinion.org (February):  http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/feb09/STARTII_Feb09_rpt.pdf

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Steven Kull
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