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Daniel Pipes

Historian, Writer, Foreign Policy Expert & Director of the Middle East Forum

Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum. His bi-weekly column appears regularly in the Washington Times and in newspapers around the globe, including the Israel Hayom (Israel), La Razón (Spain), Liberal (Italy), National Post (Canada), and the Australian. His special interests include the role of Islam in public life, Turkey, Syria, the Arab-Israeli…

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Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum. His bi-weekly column appears regularly in the Washington Times and in newspapers around the globe, including the Israel Hayom (Israel), La Razón (Spain), Liberal (Italy), National Post (Canada), and the Australian. His special interests include the role of Islam in public life, Turkey, Syria, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S. foreign policy.

His website, DanielPipes.org, offers an archive of his work and an opportunity to sign up to receive e-mails of his current writings. With 69 million page visits, it is of the Internet’s most accessed sources of specialized information on the Middle East and Muslim history.

CBS Sunday Morning says Daniel Pipes was “years ahead of the curve in identifying the threat of radical Islam.” “Unnoticed by most Westerners,” he wrote, for example, in 1995, “war has been unilaterally declared on Europe and the United States.” The Boston Globe states that “If Pipes’s admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11.” The Wall Street Journal calls Mr. Pipes “an authoritative commentator on the Middle East” and the Washington Post deems him both “a prominent conservative intellectual” and “perhaps the most prominent U.S. scholar on radical Islam.” The Huffington Post recognizes him as “a renowned scholar on matters of extremist Islam.”

He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University, both in history, and spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. Mr. Pipes speaks French, and reads Arabic and German. He has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He has been affiliated with Princeton and Stanford universities. He served in various capacities in the U.S. government, including two presidentially-appointed positions, vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1986-93.

Mr. Pipes discusses current issues on television on such U.S. programs as ABC World News, Crossfire, Good Morning America, Nightline, O’Reilly Factor, PBS NewsHour, and The Today Show. He has appeared on leading television networks around the globe, including the BBC and Al-Jazeera, and has lectured in 25 countries. He has publicly debated leading figures, including Noam Chomsky and Ken Livingstone.

More than 100 newspapers have carried his articles, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Mr. Pipes has published in such magazines as the Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, National Review, New Republic, Newsweek, Time, and The Weekly Standard.

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    The Middle East in Upheaval: Interpreting and Predicting

    After 40 years of stasis, four tyrants were overturned and more could soon follow, civil war and anarchy have spread. In a tour d’horizon, Daniel Pipes offers background to these developments, analyzes their significance, and makes predictions. Noting the recent developments in Turkey, Iran, and Egypt as well as the fighting in Syria, Pipes analyzes the issues facing the Middle East and offers insights into the the Arab-Israeli conflict and Obama administration policy.

    Israel’s Paradox – Flourishing But Imperiled

    On the one hand, Israel is a success story with few parallels, populating a barren land with peoples of many origins and turning it into a military, scientific, and cultural powerhouse. On the other, despite its achievements, Israel lives still under the threat of extinction. In this speech, Daniel Pipes reconciles and explains this paradox.

    Does a “War on Terror” Still Exist?

    Does a “war on terror” still exist post-Osama bin Laden? Daniel Pipes answers this question and explains that it is properly understood as a war on radical Islam, not terrorism. Radical Islam is the great ideological challenge of our time, akin to fascism and communism in their day. The West must defeat this movement and help Muslims replace it with a moderate form of Islam.

    Islam vs Islamism

    What is the enemy, the ancient religion of Islam or the modern political movement known as Islamism? In this speech, Pipes explains and argues that radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution.

    Europe or Eurabia: Islam and the Continent’s Future

    Europe stands at an unprecedented crossroads: Will the continent retain its historic civilization or become predominantly Muslim? Will Europeans quietly accept Islamic law or resist this process? Here, Pipes analyzes the main prospects and concludes that the question remains yet open, with the next 10-20 years likely to prove decisive.

    Lawful Islamism – A Greater Threat than Terrorism

    Putting on the mantle of a strategist for radical Islam, Pipes argues that this movement can best attain its goal of imposing the Shari‘a, Islamic law by focusing efforts on working legitimately within the system as opposed to engaging in violence. This includes influencing the political, legal, journalistic, academic arenas, engaging in da`wa (conversion) efforts, and (in Western countries) urging laxer immigration procedures. In brief, “soft jihad” or “creeping Shari‘a” has greater chances at success than criminality and violence.

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