Al-Qaeda and the Rise of China: Jihadi Geopolitics in a Post-Hegemonic World

Author
Brian Fishman
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
34
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
Summer 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
Prognosticating about China's economic, political, and military rise has become a favorite conversation for Western politicians and policy wonks. But Western observers are not the only strategists debating the impact of increased Chinese power. A parallel conversation has been taking place among al-Qaeda affiliated jihadi thinkers for much of the last decade. That discussion ranges from debate about how best to support rebellion among Muslim Uyghurs in China's Xinjiang province to more abstract disagreements over how a transnational militant network such as al-Qaeda should adapt when a traditional state upends the U.S.-led system that has been its primary boogeyman for nearly 15 years.
Political Geography
United States, China