[ by Charles Cameron — and a few ppl whose views on trump’s strategy document I’d also like to read ]
Tim Furnish, Trump’s New Counter-terrorism Strategy: The One-Eyed Man is Still King Trump, 2018, National Strategy for Counterterrorism Obama, 2011, National Strategy for Counterterrorism Tim Furnish, Sectsploitation: How to Win Hearts and Minds in the Islamic World
I wanted to draw your attention to our blog-friend and sometime contributor Tim Furnish‘s post, which offers a lucid introduction to the Trump administration’s National CT Strategy paper, situating it in contrast to the Obama admin’s version, and linking it to a very helpful breakdown of what we might call (remembering William James, but in mostly lower case) the varieties of Islamic experience.
Let me just say that from my POV:
1) Tim Furnish has a way superior understanding of the said varieties than John Bolton ever will have — plus he has a taste for pop culture asides!
2) that the key issue to be further explored could be expressed in terms of the overlaps, Venn diagram-wise, between “literalist”, “mainstream” and “authentic” Islams.
That’s a project I’ve been circling for more than a decade, and the closer I get, the more subtleties arise to be considered. Still circling in..
Thomas Hegghammer, JM Berger, Leah Farrall, Adam Elkus, Will McCants and John Horgan are others whose varied voices and opinions regaarding the new CT Strategy text I’ll be watching for.
Tim’s essay and associated matters: Warmly recommended.
Zen — pray chime in.