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British Foreign Policy and Bosnia: The rise of Islamism in Britain, 1992 – 1995


ICSR’s new paper explores the impact of the Bosnian conflict on the Muslim community in the UK in the 1990s. It argues that the failure of Western governments to intervene during the massacre of Bosnian Muslims caused many British Muslims to question their own security and place within Europe. It also shows how the Bosnian crisis became an important plank in the narrative put forward by a number of Islamist groups. Through this case study, Bronitsky offers a more sophisticated understanding of the relationship between foreign policy and radicalisation.

Jonathan Bronitsky is currently undertaking a PhD in History at Pembroke College, Cambridge.