Samuel Tadros

Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Middle Eastern Studies

Samuel Tadros is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom and a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Tadros is the author of Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity (Hoover 2013), and Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt (Hoover 2014).

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Analysis and Commentary

Coptic Christians’ Endless Struggle For Survival In Egypt

by Samuel Tadrosvia National Review
Friday, April 14, 2017

The Copts have been persecuted for thousands of years. ISIS’s brutal Palm Sunday bombing in Alexandria is just the latest episode. 


What Palm Sunday Means To Egypt’s Copts

by Samuel Tadrosvia Atlantic
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Christianity was born in pain in the country. An attack on a holy day is another bloody symbol of its beginnings.

The Way Of The Strangers: Encounters With The Islamic State
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Security by the Book - The Way Of The Strangers: Encounters With The Islamic State

by Samuel Tadros, Graeme Woodvia Lawfare
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Hoover Institution's National Security, Technology and Law Working Group, along with Hoover's Washington, DC office held a discussion with author of The Way of StrangersGraeme WoodHoover working group member and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Benjamin Wittes, along with Samuel Tadros, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institutioninterviewed Wood, who discussed his definitive, electrifying account of the strategy, psychology, and theology driving the Islamic State.

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Once Upon A Time Jews Lived Here

by Samuel Tadrosvia Analysis
Thursday, March 16, 2017

For over six decades, Arabic-speaking people have undertaken a deliberate effort to erase the memory of the Jews who lived amongst them. The collective decision was successful with governments and citizens joining in eradicating the physical presence of the Jewish presence in Arabic-speaking countries, which had lasted for over twenty-five centuries. For the past decade, Arabic-speaking people have begun to show interest in this erased memory. In this essay, Samuel Tadros reviews two recent novels dealing with the presence and loss of Jews from Arabic-speaking countries. He explores how the authors attempt to depict these Jews against the background of the Arab Israeli conflict, as well as the limitations and taboos still shaping the attempt to remember.

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Does Egypt Still Matter?

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For a man who has challenged almost all conventional wisdom in U.S. foreign policy, President Trump’s first phone call to his Egyptian counterpart after taking office could have been copied from any of his predecessors since the late 70’s. Stressing the importance of the strategic partnership between the two countries, he affirmed his commitment to deepening a relationship “which has helped both countries overcome challenges in the region for decades.”

Analysis and Commentary

The Muslim Brotherhood: Terrorists Or Not?

by Mokhtar Awad, Samuel Tadrosvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It’s complicated. The Islamist group splintered after 2011, and some of its spinoffs are violent.


Should Middle East Religious-Minority Refugees Be Prioritized?

by Samuel Tadrosvia Public Orthodoxy
Monday, January 30, 2017

President Trump’s executive order on refugees has been widely, and rightly, criticized on policy and moral grounds. But while criticism of the executive order is indeed proper and necessary, one aspect of the new policy, namely the prioritization of claims of religious persecution by religious minorities in refugee applications, which has received wide criticism, should in fact be hardly controversial.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump's Opportunity: Saving Coptic Christians

by Samuel Tadrosvia
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Islamic State’s local affiliate in Sinai claimed credit for the bombing of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in Cairo earlier this month. The group could not have chosen a more symbolic target. Erected in 1911, St. Peter’s was an architectural marvel built and decorated by Italian architects and mosaic artists.

The Arab Spring in Egypt

Trump’s Opportunity: Saving Coptic Christians

by Samuel Tadros
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Egypt’s minorities, long persecuted, are counting on the U.S. president to defend religious freedom.

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The Story of the Tunisian Revolution

by Samuel Tadrosvia Analysis
Monday, December 19, 2016

The simple narrative of a frustrated Tunisian street vendor's desperate act igniting the flames of Arab revolutions has captured the world’s imagination. Yet no serious examination has been undertaken to understand what actually took place in the halls of power that led to Tunisia’s strongman, Zein El Abedine Ben Ali, fleeing his country. In this essay, Samuel Tadros examines an important book written by two Tunisian journalists investigating the revolution. The story offers us important insights into the nature of Arab regimes, their inherent weaknesses, the culture of mistrust they sow, and how the powerful house Ben Ali had constructed was figuratively built on sand. The story of what transpired in Tunisia during its revolution stands as a cautionary tale regarding the narratives that have come to dominate the way the Arab revolutions and events in the broader region have been reported and understood.