Evolving Situation in the Middle East with focus on Syria and ISIS

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Biographical Sketch of Daniel Pipes

 

Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum. His bi-weekly column appears regularly in theWashington Times and in newspapers around the globe, including the Israel Hayom (Israel), La Razón(Spain), L’Opinione (Italy), National Post (Canada), and the Australian. His special interests include the role of Islam in public life, Turkey, 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. He tweets at @DanielPipes.

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 Postrecognizes 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 NewsCrossfire,Good Morning AmericaNightlineO’Reilly FactorPBS 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 TimesNew York Times,Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Mr. Pipes has published in such magazines as the Atlantic MonthlyCommentaryForeign AffairsHarper’s, National ReviewNew RepublicNewsweek,Time, and The Weekly Standard.’

 

Mr. Pipes has written sixteen books:

Four deal with Islam: Face à l’islam radical (co-authored with Guy Millière, French: David Reinharc, 2012), The Rushdie Affair (Birch Lane, 1990), In the Path of God (Basic Books, 1983), and Slave Soldiers and Islam (Yale University Press, 1981).

Three books concern Syria: Syria Beyond the Peace Process (Washington Institute, 1996),Damascus Courts the West (Washington Institute, 1991), and Greater Syria (Oxford University Press, 1990).

Two deal with other Middle Eastern topics: The Hidden Hand (St. Martin’s, 1996) analyzes conspiracy theories among Arabs and Iranians. An Arabist’s Guide to Colloquial Egyptian(Foreign Service Institute, 1983) systematizes the grammar of Arabic as spoken in Egypt.

Conspiracy (Free Press 1997) establishes the importance of conspiracy theories in modern Europe and America.

Six volumes contain some of his best essays: Nothing Abides (Transaction, 2015),Löwengrube (German: Critic, 2012), L’islam radical à la conquête du monde (French: Cheminements, 2008), Miniatures (Transaction, 2003), Militant Islam Reaches America(WWNORTON, 2002), and The Long Shadow (Transaction, 1989).

In addition, Mr. Pipes has edited two collections of essays by multiple authors: Sandstorm (UPA, 1993) and Friendly Tyrants (St. Martin’s, 1991). He has published 1,100 articles, 1,300 weblog entries, and 700 book reviews. There are 12,000 translations of his writings into 37 languages, appearing in such publications as ABC (Spain), Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro, and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Mr. Pipes has edited two journals, Orbis (1986-90) and the Middle East Quarterly (1994-2001). He sits on several editorial boards, has testified before several congressional committees, and worked on five presidential campaigns. Universities in the United States and Switzerland have conferred honorary degrees on him.

Mr. Pipes takes pride in having been Borked by Edward Kennedy, called an “Orientalist” by Edward Said, deemed the neo-conservative movement’s “leading thinker” by Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper, and publicly invited to convert by a top Al-Qaeda figure. He has also been recognized as one of Harvard University’s 100 most influential living graduates and is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World.

Mr. Pipes founded the Middle East Forum (MEForum.org), an independent 501(c)3 organization, in 1994. The Forum has a US$4 million annual budget. Its mission is “promoting American interests” through publications, research, media outreach, and public education. It publishes the Middle East Quarterly and sponsors Campus WatchIslamist Watch, the Legal Project, and the Washington Project.

(Click here for a short version of this résumé and here for a Word document with talking points to introduce Daniel Pipes.)

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