Farid Senzai

Farid Senzai is founder and president of the Center for Global Policy and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. He is on the board of advisers at The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. His most recent book is "Political Islam in the Age of Democratization." Dr. Senzai received his M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and Ph.D. in politics and international relations from Oxford University.


Farid Senzai is founder and president of the Center for Global Policy and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. He is on the board of advisers at The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. His most recent book is "Political Islam in the Age of Democratization." Dr. Senzai received his M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and Ph.D. in politics and international relations from Oxford University.



ARTICLES BY Farid Senzai



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Donald Trump’s Crusade against Muslims

The outlook for U.S. relations with the Muslim world under President Donald Trump does not look very promising.  If


The outlook for U.S. relations with the Muslim world under President Donald Trump does not look very promising.  If the past week is any indicator of what is to come under the Trump administration, tension between the United States and many Muslim-majority countries is likely to be exacerbated. He has started his so-called Muslim ban […]

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The Struggle Against Terrorism

Contrary to what Western governments and media outlets would have you believe, Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida group di


Contrary to what Western governments and media outlets would have you believe, Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida group did not invent terrorism. Terrorism has always existed as there have always been militants who have used violence as a means to pursue political objectives. For example, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Western […]

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ISIS and Its Violence

The self-proclaimed “Islamic State’s” (ISIS) burning to death of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba and recen


The self-proclaimed “Islamic State’s” (ISIS) burning to death of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba and recent beheading of 21 Egyptians in Libya are just the latest incidents in a series of escalating acts of violence that epitomize the seemingly senseless carnage that so often results from the political radicalization of individual Muslims. As the international media […]

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Only Extremism Breeds Extremism

Why France Must be Cautious in How it Responds to the Charlie Hebdo Attacks   By carrying out their heinous act, th


Why France Must be Cautious in How it Responds to the Charlie Hebdo Attacks   By carrying out their heinous act, the gunmen of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine hope to reestablish an “us versus them” narrative crudely pitting Muslims into a further retrenchment of a black-and-white storyline that depict Islam and the West […]

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Scare Tactics to Garner Votes

While it seems only yesterday that the country came together to watch President Barack Obama take the oath of office –


While it seems only yesterday that the country came together to watch President Barack Obama take the oath of office – and historic step – as the nation’s first African American president, the 2012 election is right around the corner. In addition to the presidential race, the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and […]

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Obama and the Arab Spring

THE ARAB SPRING SWEEPING through North Africa and the Middle East is an opportunity for the United States to reassess it


THE ARAB SPRING SWEEPING through North Africa and the Middle East is an opportunity for the United States to reassess its longstanding relationship with the region. While the speed and scale of the prodemocracy demonstrations initially caught the Obama administration off guard, the president and his foreign policy team quickly realized that the momentum was […]

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War and Peace in Afghanistan

As U.S. military operations in Afghanistan enter its 10th year, hopes for peace in 2011 do not look promising. President


As U.S. military operations in Afghanistan enter its 10th year, hopes for peace in 2011 do not look promising. President Barack Obama’s review of the war paints a rather positive outlook in a December 2010 assessment, which concludes that the United States has made enough security gains to begin withdrawing troops in July. Similarly, the […]