National security concerns continue to dictate government aid and development agendas

August 2010, an internal Department for International Development (DFID) paper was leaked that pointed to a significant shift in Britain’s aid policy. In particular it was muted that development projects would be expected to make the ‘maximum possible contribution’ to … Continue reading Read more »

Foreign Reaction to U.S. Anti-Muslim Events, Part IV: Narrative Coherence

by Steven R. Corman, Jeffry R. Halverson, and Chris Lundry This series has examined the reaction, mostly in mainstream news sources of foreign Muslim societies, to the recent surge in anti-Islam events in the United States. Part I focused on the Park51 (or Cordoba House) project, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” In part II we looked at the controversy surrounding the “International Burn a Qur’an Day,” previously scheduled for tomorrow. Part III examined various other  incidents involving Muslims […] Read more »

Foreign Reaction to U.S. Anti-Muslim Events, Part III: Assorted Incidents

by Steven R. Corman, Jeffry R. Halverson, and Chris Lundry So far in this series we have looked at two high-profile anti-Muslim incidents in the U.S.  Part I focused on the Park51 project, the so-called Ground Zero Mosque.  In part II we looked at the controversy surrounding the “International Burn a Qur’an Day,” scheduled for Saturday.  In addition to these high-profile cases, a number of similar but lesser known anti-Muslim events have occurred in the […] Read more »

Foreign Reactions to US Anti-Muslim Events, Part II: Qur’an Burning Day

by Steven R. Corman, Jeffry R. Halverson, and Chris Lundry This is the second of a four-part series of posts on foreign reactions to recent anti-Muslim rhetoric in the U.S. In Part I we looked at the Park51 project, also known as the “Ground Zero Mosque,” and found concern over growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. There were also claims about Zionist interests, creating a double-bind situation that would cast the U.S. in a negative light whether […] Read more »

Foreign Reaction to US Anti-Muslim Events, Part I: Ground-Zero Mosque

by Steven R. Corman, Jeffry R. Halverson, and Chris Lundry Recent weeks have seen an uptick in anti-Muslim events and associated rhetoric in the U.S.  Controversies include: The Park51 project in New York, popularly known as the “Ground Zero Mosque” The International Burn a Quran Day being planned for 9/11 by the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida Various other incidents, such as the stabbing of cab driver Ahmed Sharif in New York, a man […] Read more »