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dc.contributor.convenorRadwan Masmoudi and Peter Mandavilleen_AU
dc.contributor.authorRane, Halimen_US
dc.contributor.editorRadwan Masmoudi and Peter Mandavilleen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper draws on almost two decades of US foreign policy documents on political Islam and relations with the Muslim world as well as interviews conducted with key representatives of Turkey's AKP, Malaysia's PKR, and Indonesia's PKS. It argues that both political Islam and US foreign policy have matured over time. The Obama administration has adopted a more accommodationist posture towards the development of Islamic democracy, which allows second generation Islamist parties the space to evolve and establish a more mature Islamic democracy. Simultaneously, the moderation and focus on higher, universal objectives among second generation Islamist parties allows the Obama administration the opportunity to support the development of this version of Islamic democracy. The acceptance of Islamist parties by the US depends on three central factors: strategic value to the US; acceptance of the US economic and strategic goals; and lastly, commitment to democracy, pluralism, rule of law, and human rights. A number of Islamist parties are moving in the direction of fulfilling the third criteria; the second may be difficult, however, particularly in the context of such issues as the Israel-Palestine conflict; while the first criteria may often be a matter out of their control. However, this paper contends that the trend of political Islam and US foreign policy is towards mutual accommodation rather than further confrontation.en_US
dc.publisherCentre for the Study of Islam and Democracyen_US
dc.publisher.placeWashington D.C.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameU.S. Relations with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairoen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleCSID 11th Annual Conference - U.S. Relations with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairoen_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationWashington D.C.en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchInternational Relationsen_US
dc.titleThe Changing Landscape of Political Islam and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Obama Eraen_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE2 - Conference Publications (Non HERDC Eligible)en_US
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publicationsen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciencesen_US
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