is a former managing editor of Newsweek
International and an expert in the affairs of Asia, where
he lived for thirteen years, serving as Tokyo bureau chief for
the Washington Post and Newsweek. He is also a regular
contributor to National Geographic
According to Dahlby: In 2000, 75% of Indonesians surveyed in a major poll expressed positive feelings toward the US. Three years later, the figure stood at 15%. The causes for this extraordinary swing are believed to be: perceived American arrogance toward Muslims after 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, and the sudden rise of a powerful Islamist movement in Indonesia that proposes turning secular Indonesia into a fundamentalist theocracy.
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