Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Bullets vs. Ballots: Militants and Movements in Contemporary Islamism

Bullets vs. Ballots: Militants and Movements in Contemporary Islamism

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  • June 11, 2014
  • 6:00 pm
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  • BNY Mellon Wealth Management
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In the three years since the Arab Spring began, much has changed in the Middle East and North Africa.  But what started as a region-wide protest against autocracy has accentuated two competing visions for modern Islamism. On one hand, jihadi militants have set out to disrupt the emerging political order by any means necessary. On the other, existing institutions such as the Muslim Brotherhood seized opportunities left open by the political vacuum to force through their particular brand of Islam at the ballot box. Now, both sides are feeling immense pressure from the people and from governments. What does this all mean for the future of democracy in the Middle East and for international security?

Lorenzo VidinoLorenzo Vidino is a Senior Fellow at FPRI and at the Center for Security Studies in Zurich. A native of Milan, Italy, he has held positions at the RAND Corporation, Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the US Institute of Peace. He has taught at Tufts University, the National Defense University, and the University of Zurich. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, and his books include The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West. Vidino has testified before the US Congress and consults with governments, law firms, think tanks and media in several countries.


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