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ALAN RICHARDS is Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has been on the faculty since 1976. He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied political science, Middle Eastern studies, and economics. He was Director of the University of California System’s Education Abroad Program in Cairo from 1989-91 (during the Gulf War). In 1991 he was a member of a three-person team tasked with drafting proposals for U.S. development assistance to the West Bank and Gaza. In 1992-94, he worked in Washington for USAID as a Senior Political Economist, where he conducted and/or directed political economy analyses of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen, and Kazakhstan. He has also taught economics at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, Harvard University, and the American University in Cairo. With John Waterbury (formerly of Princeton University, now President of the American University in Beirut), he co-authored A Political Economy of the Middle East (1990; second edition, 1996), a work widely recognized as a groundbreaking effort in the field. In 1995/96 he was MacArthur Fellow in International Environmental Policy for the University of California system. He is an advisory editor for the journal Middle East Policy, and is a frequent consultant to the U.S. Government on Middle Eastern affairs.
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Authored by Prof. Alan Richards.
The author addresses the critical questions involved in understanding and coping with the roots of Islamic radicalism. He provides particular attention to the links between radicalism and a series of crises associated with modernization in the Islamic World. The result is a thoughtful and probing study including policy recommendations for U.S. military and civilian decisionmakers that makes intelligible the complex subject of Islamic radicalism.