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Daniel Pipes, a historian, is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. A former official in the U.S. Department of State, he has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, the U.S. Naval War College, and Pepperdine University. He has written twelve books and his website,, with a near-complete archive of his writings, has recorded nearly 60 million page visits. He writes a bi-weekly column for the Jerusalem Post, National Review, and other publications; his writings have been translated into 33 languages. Two U.S. presidents have appointed Mr. Pipes to U.S. government positions. Al-Qaeda has invited him to convert to Islam, Edward Kennedy borked him, and Edward Said called him an "Orientalist." His current focus is on the phenomenon of lawful Islamism (or soft jihad), the forwarding radical Islam through legitimate means. Contact:

ARTICLES BY: Daniel Pipes

March 2, 2018 12:32 pm

The Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler Is Relevant Today

Rick Richman's new book, Racing Against History, is subtitled: "The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler." The when campaign to do what, you ask? You're excused if...

February 9, 2018 3:02 pm

Why Trump’s US-Israel Honeymoon Might Not Last

President Donald Trump has taken two unprecedented steps highly favorable to Israel: recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and cutting funds to the United Nations Relief and...

November 30, 2017 11:35 am

Accepting Europe’s Anti-Immigration Parties

In a typical assessment of recent European elections, Katy O'Donnell writes at Politico that "Nationalist parties now have a toehold everywhere from Italy to Finland, raising fears the...

October 18, 2017 12:32 pm

Saving NATO From Turkey

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known as NATO, faces an existential problem. No -- it's not about getting member states to fulfill agreed-upon spending on defense projects, nor finding a...

August 25, 2017 4:16 pm

Iran vs. Turkey: The Mideast’s Perpetual Rivalry

News that Iran's and Turkey's governments have reached an accord on Idlib -- a Syrian town that is now the focus of American interests -- brings relations between two...

August 10, 2017 1:15 pm

The Most Incorrect History of the Middle East Ever Written?

“The Middle East is the graveyard of predictions” notes the left-wing writer and editor Adam Shatz. That’s partly because the region is so volatile (no one...

August 8, 2017 11:36 am

Palestinian Rejectionism Is Weakening

A recent poll showed that Israelis want a tougher policy towards the Palestinians. As for the Palestinians -- beyond occasionally rampaging and murdering Israelis -- what do they want? Dan Polisar of Shalem...

July 25, 2017 1:09 pm

Churchill, Hitler and Islam

Winston Churchill disparaged the impact of Islam on Muslims in his 1899 book, The River War: How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its...

July 12, 2017 10:31 am

Israelis Want Victory — Not Just Peace

What does the Jewish Israeli public think about convincing the Palestinians that they've lost their century-long war with Zionism -- that the gig is up? In other...

July 9, 2017 12:57 pm

End the False Israeli-Palestinian Parity

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to visit Jerusalem but not Ramallah has prompted much comment. The expectation of equal treatment goes back to the Oslo...

June 8, 2017 12:46 pm

What If: Fifty Years After the Six-Day War

Israel's military triumph over three enemy states in June 1967 is the most outstandingly successful war of all recorded history. The Six-Day War was also...

May 22, 2017 12:04 pm

Trump’s Saudi Speech: A Mixed Bag, But Pretty Good

While in Riyadh, on the first stop of his tri-monotheism tour that will also take him to Jerusalem and Rome, Donald Trump gave a major speech on...

April 25, 2017 3:43 pm

The Erdogan Enigma

I nominate Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, as the most inconsistent, mysterious and therefore most unpredictable major politician on the world stage. His victory...

April 7, 2017 6:50 am

What I Found on My Trip to a College Campus

I just attended a two-day academic conference at the University of Pennsylvania -- in part out of interest in the topic ("American & Muslim Worlds ca. 1500-1900"),...


Activist Showcases 70 Israeli Destinations in Project for Israel’s Independence Day

A Florida-based pro-Israel activist has launched a project showcasing 70 locations...

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Taylor Force Act Hits Snag in Senate, as Pro-Israel Groups Urge Passage - Amid never-ending speculation over the release of President Donald Trump’s anticipated Israeli-Palestinian...

Study: Latest Palestinian Textbooks Show Increased Indoctrination to Jihad and Martyrdom - In July 2017, the Palestinian Authority (PA) schoolbooks for the...

Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...


After Anti-Israel Referendums, University Leaders Defend Academic Freedom, ...

The leaders of universities where anti-Israel referendums were considered this month recently spoke out in defense of academic freedom and...


Tech Billionaire Elon Musk Salutes Israel as ‘Technological Power,...

Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk believes that Israel is a "technological power" with a bright future, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Middle East

Palestinian Cold War Heats Up as Reconciliation Efforts Fail - The Palestinian Authority wasted little time in blaming Hamas for a roadside bomb that went off last week in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. It was far too close for comfort...