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The coming Balkan caliphate : the threat of radical Islam to Europe and the West

Author: Christopher Deliso; Loretta Napoleoni
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2007.
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With all eyes currently focused on the widening conflict in the Middle East and the terrorist threat coming from the region, the West is in danger of overlooking a potent new battleground in the greater "war on terror"--The Balkans. This historically volatile region saw some of the worst violence of the late 20th century in the Yugoslav Wars of Secession. During these conflicts, stunningly shortsighted and  Read more...
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Deliso, Christopher, 1974-
Coming Balkan caliphate.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2007
(DLC) 2007014360
(OCoLC)85897728
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Deliso; Loretta Napoleoni
ISBN: 9780275995263 0275995267
OCLC Number: 230740031
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 213 p.)
Contents: Bosnia : Clinton's gift to fundamentalist Islam --
Hotel Tirana and a strange enough jihad --
A plain of black beards? --
The Macedonian enigma --
The Ottoman legacy and Turkey's deep shadow --
Fixin' to lose --
Byzantine politics, global economics, 'certain foreign relations' and the war on terror --
The next generation : jihad, the Balkans and the threat to the West.
Responsibility: Christopher Deliso ; foreword by Loretta Napoleoni.

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Argues that regional demographic and cultural trends, coinciding with an increasingly hostile attitude in the larger Muslim world over Western military actions, indicate that the lawless Balkans will  Read more...

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"An American journalist and travel writing based in the Balkans, Deliso does not contend that Muslims in the Balkans are about to cast off their centuries of liberal thought and behavior. Rather he Read more...

 
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