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Scholars Discuss Islamophobia's Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy

Scholars Sahar Aziz and Mitchell Plitnick discuss the influence of Islamophobia on U.S. foreign policy. They explore how prejudice against Muslims might shape decisions in Washington and its global implications.

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Scholars Discuss Islamophobia's Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy

In an enlightening conversation, scholars Sahar Aziz and Mitchell Plitnick plunge into the depths of Islamophobia and its potential influence on United States foreign policy. The dialogue, hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, aims to dissect whether anti-Muslim sentiment sways decision-making processes in Washington, consequently shaping diplomatic strategies, military interventions, and international relations.

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Bringing Islamophobia to Light

Through this platform, Aziz and Plitnick present their expert views and delve into current and historical instances of U.S. foreign policy. The objective is to ascertain the role that Islamophobia may have played in shaping these decisions. The implications of such biases, however, stretch far beyond the confines of Washington, affecting global perceptions of the U.S. and echoing within Muslim communities worldwide.

Islamophobia: A Global Concern

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The issue of Islamophobia isn't confined to the U.S. alone. A women's shelter in Canada catering to Muslim women reported a sharp increase in Islamophobia-related incidents from 2022 to 2023. Furthermore, a study on anti-Muslim hatred in the U.S. revealed a rise in Islamophobia levels among American Muslims, scoring 26 out of 100, an increase from a score of 18 in the previous study.

Addressing Anti-Muslim Sentiment

The ECCAR Working Group on Anti-Muslim Racism collects and studies reports related to anti-Muslim sentiment across Europe. Their resources include the European Islamophobia Report 2022 and an online course on understanding anti-Muslim hate crime, among other tools. These efforts underline the growing need to address and combat Islamophobia and its far-reaching implications.

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