What Are the Origins of Anti-Western Attitudes?

Posted: March 27, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

This week’s brown bag lecture at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is an opportunity to look into the history of anti-Western attitudes in Asia and Islam. The event is held today from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Cemil Ayden presents his current research on the politics of anti-Westernism in Asia, especially on how anti-Western emotions and ideologies influenced the foreign policy decisions of the Ottoman State, during WWI, and Imperial Japan, during WWII.

In “Politics of Anti-Westernism: The Cases of Pan-Islamism and Pan-Asianism,” Aydin will discuss the role of culture, identity, emotions, and mood in Ottoman Turkey and Japan in explaining the war decisions and the public support given to these government decisions. He will focus on the perception of the clash of civilization and races in the ideologies of Pan-Asianism and Pan-Islamism, and how they influenced policy decisions.

Aydin, whose research interests include the history and politics of anti-Western ideologies in Asia, and comparative history of nationalism and internationalism in East Asia and the Middle East, received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on research and practice of conflict resolution, and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax.

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