Published: Oct. 5, 2022

Thursday, November 10th, 5-6pm (MDT)

Video available here
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Join the International Affairs community in this Global Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Glenn E. Robinson on his recent book titled “Global Jihad: A Brief History.” The book is not a work of sensationalism but rather a sober and accessible analysis of this important topic, written in a broadly comparative way.  The book has received "Book of the Year" recognition from both Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy for 2021. Join us on November 10th!

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Bio: Glenn E. Robinson is Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, and is also affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.  He retired from NPS after 30 years in December 2021. He has authored or co-authored four books on Middle East politics as well as over 150 journal articles, book chapters, government reports and conference papers.  His most recent book, Global Jihad: A Brief Historywas named by both Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy as a "Best Book of 2021."  He has won awards for his teaching at both Berkeley and NPS.  Robinson has been active in policy work, especially for USAID and DOD, and in his professional work for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and (as a Founding Board Member and Treasurer) for the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS).

Foreign Affairs Review (by Lisa Anderson): "How has jihad, a Muslim religious imperative to struggle in the path of God, come to preoccupy governments around the world? Robinson provides a synthetic and remarkably comprehensive account of the evolution of political jihad since it came to global prominence in the 1980s. He sketches four waves of jihadi activity: the international call to expel the Soviets from Afghanistan during the 1980s, the anti-American focus of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, the rejection by the so-called Islamic State (or ISIS) of the international system, and the proliferation of “lone wolf” actions fueled by radicalization on the Internet. Robinson provides both an accessible history and a provocative analysis of one of the most important political movements in the world over the last half century. Wading into controversial debates, he makes the case that jihadi activity is best understood as a “movement of rage,” an apocalyptic rejection of the secular, scientific knowledge of the Enlightenment, echoing the actions of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and many other violent, book-burning mobs. What jihadi leaders have added to this mix, he argues, is the ability to project their rage and unleash their movement on a global scale."

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