BU experts weigh in on Muslimism & Islamism, Rwanda, Xi Jinping & China, and free trade & Latin America

July 4th, 2012

Boston University experts weigh in on recent international news:

“Muslimhood implies a different understanding of personhood. If you are a pious Muslim and you enter politics, the assumption is that you become an Islamist. But the theologians behind the Muslimhood model ask ‘Why should that be so? Do Christian politicians become Christianists when they enter politics?'” (Anthropologist: Turkish Muslimhood replacing Islamism; Today’s Zaman)
Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

“When Paul Kagame led Rwandan rebel forces to victory in 1994, he was praised not only for halting a genocide that had killed half a million people, but also for advocating reconciliation rather than revenge.” (After Genocide, Stifled Dissent; New York Times)
By Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences

“Is the rise of China going to last if you build it around these sorts of unequal opportunities?” (Xi Jinping Millionaire Relations Reveal Fortunes of Elite; Bloomberg)
Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

“All Latin American countries could benefit from privileged access to the Chinese market, which consumes 72% of Argentine soybean and 50% of Brazilian steel, but the potential impact of an increase in Chinese imports divides the region.” (Proposed free trade agreement between Mercosur and China opposes Brazil and Argentina; BBC Brazil)
Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

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