Islamic Extremism and the War of Ideas by John Hughes

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John Hughes examines lessons learned from the practice of public diplomacy—especially international broadcasting—in the cold war and tells how the United States could more effectively counter extremism, promote democracy, and improve understanding of itself in the Islamic world. He offers Indonesia as a successful example of the melding of democracy, Islam, and modernity and suggests that this country and other nations where Islam and democracy coexist—such as Turkey—could play a significant role in helping thwart Islamist extremism.

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John Hughes is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and former editor of the Christian Science Monitor . He is currently a professor of international communications at Brigham Young University and writes a nationally syndicated column for the Monitor . Hughes served for six years as Africa correspondent and six years as Far East correspondent before becoming the Monitor's editor. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Indonesia and the Overseas Press Club Award for his investigation of the international narcotics traffic. During the Reagan administration he was associate director of the United States Information Agency, director of the Voice of America, and assistant secretary of state for public affairs and department spokesman. He later chaired presidential and congressional commissions on international government broadcasting. He has written two books, on Africa and Indonesia.
Published July 1, 2010 by Hoover Institution Press. 138 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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