Spring Athenaeum Series 2011: Anti-Americanism in the Muslim World: Causes and Consequences

Dr. Will Miller
Assistant Professor of Political Science

12 noon Sadie’s Place

Several polls have been conducted in Muslim majority countries since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the subsequent start of the “war on terror.” All of the polls show a clear trend of increasing negativity toward the United States. There are four commonly held categories of causation: a policy-based explanation, an identity-based explanation, an ideology-based explanation, and a domestic politics-based explanation. In this presentation, we will fully assess all four categories by looking at survey data from 2007 (Bush administration) and 2009 (Obama administration) pulled from seven nations in order to determine what really is driving anti-Americanism in the Muslim world.


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