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Daniel Pipes        

Foreign Policy Expert & President 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 Israel Hayom (Israel), L'Opinione (Italy), and the Australian. His special interests include the public role of Islam, Turkey, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S. foreign policy. He is an affiliated professor at the University of Haifa.

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. 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 five presidential administrations between 1982 and 2005, 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.

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, Jeremy Corbyn, 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. He has been a columnist for the New York Post, the New York Sun, and The New York Times Syndicate. Pipes has published in such magazines as the Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, Economist, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, National Review, New Republic, Newsweek, Time, and The Weekly Standard. Pipes has also written sixteen books and has edited two collections of essays by multiple authors, published 1,300 articles, 1,400 weblog entries, 700 book reviews, and 8,500 tweets.

Pipes founded the Middle East Forum in 1994 as a classic think tank focused on the region and influencing U.S. policy toward it through publications (including the Middle East Quarterly) and media appearances. With time, MEF morphed into a "think and activist tank": Campus Watch critiques Middle East studies, Islamist Watch combats non-violent jihadis, the Legal Project protects writers and others who discuss Islamism, and the Washington Project educates the administration and Congress. The Israel Victory Project, which calls for a Palestinian defeat in the place of failed diplomacy, is the Forum's most high-profile campaign. The Forum, a non-profit 501c3 organization, has a $5 million annual budget, about one-third of which is devoted to an Education Fund that distributes funds to allies working for similar goals.

Speech Topics

Lawful Islamism

A Greater Threat than Terrorism?

The Threat to Israel's Existence

Why It's Back, How to Deal with It

Europe or Eurabia

Islam and the Continent's Future


The Five I's

The Bush Administration and the Middle East

An Assessment Islam in the United States


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