Ahmad Lutfi is a political and terrorism analyst, and a Middle East specialist based in Ottawa, Canada. His background and life in China, Europe, the Middle East and North America provide the basis for his research interests which span state-civil society relations; democratization; human rights; jihad; domestic politics, regional dynamics and international relations of the Middle East; Muslim communities, political Islam; terrorism; and Xinjiang. Ahmad was educated in the UK and China and is interviewed regularly by the international media for his insight into the Middle East and Muslim affairs. Among his publications, his monograph “Blowback: China and the Afghan Arabs” addresses the links between China’s involvement in the Afghanistan Jihad and its ongoing struggle to pacify its restive Muslim communities in Xinjiang.
The last quarter of 2004 witnessed major riots in Anhui, Guangdong, Henan, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Sichuan and Zhejiang provinces. In dealing with these incidents of social and economic unrest, the
In March 2003, the Chinese State Council produced a white paper cataloguing the country's "progress" in promoting personal liberties and religious freedoms. This followed an amendment to China's Constitution, endorsed
Like Washington, Beijing is determined to stay the course in its war on terror. The release of China's first terror list on December 15, 2003, was a demonstration of its
Beijing often downplays the size of its Xinjiang problem for fear of exposing the difficulties it faces containing the "cancer of terrorism." Since September 11, 2001, Beijing has been forced