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The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Counter it

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Institution
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls for decoupling political aims from the religion of Islam to combat growing radicalism. She also discusses counterterrorism strategy, which she argues should focus on battling the ideas that spread radicalism rather than the radicals themselves.

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Analysis and Commentary

An 'Arab NATO' Including Israel Can Exist If It Stays Quiet

by Yoel Guzanskyvia The Hill
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In the past, when Arab governments joined forces it was against another common enemy — Israel. Nowadays, President Trump is expected to lay out a plan to create a so-called "Arab NATO", a force that might even have room for Israel in a later stage. In a press conference with President Donald Trump upon his visit to Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "For the first time in my lifetime, and for the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but, increasingly, as an ally".

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Kiron Skinner: Is The US More Or Less Exposed To Attacks Than UK? (2:29)

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner talks about the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, England and how to combat terrorism.

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The Rouhani Factor

by Abbas Milanivia Project Syndicate
Monday, May 22, 2017

Iran’s presidential election on May 19 was paradoxical and potentially pivotal. It began as a sleepy affair – a likely victory for the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, running against a motley crew of conservative has-beens or upstarts. Moreover, a two-term presidency has been the default in the Islamic Republic since 1981. Early attacks on Rouhani were thus seen as efforts by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his conservative clerical allies, and the Revolutionary Guards to weaken and contain the incumbent in his second term.

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Middle East Strategy Challenges: Egypt, Iran And ISIS

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Middle East Strategy Challenges: Egypt, Iran and ISIS" on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

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Israel Facing a New Middle East, by Itamar Rabinovich and Itai Brun
Analysis and Commentary

Israel Facing A New Middle East In Search Of A National Security Strategy

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Stanford

The Hoover Institution Press released Israel Facing a New Middle East, which examines the evolution of Israel's national security, military doctrine, and policies in light of today's challenges and changes in the Middle East. 

Press Releases

The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Counter It

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The purpose of this report is to suggest the basis for a new anti-dawa strategy, designed to check the advance of political Islam as an ideology and a movement. In the first part, I describe the constitution of political Islam: the foundational principles, terminology, and objectives of Islamist ideology. In the second part, I analyze the infrastructure of political Islam, in particular the institutions and techniques of dawa. In the third part, I propose a number of policies that I believe will, if properly implemented, halt the spread of political Islam in the United States and perhaps also abroad.

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The Challenge Of Dawa: Political Islam As Ideology And Movement And How To Counter It

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Stanford

The Hoover Institution Press today released The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Counter It by Hoover research fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this free downloadable report, Hirsi Ali argues that the American public urgently needs to be educated about both the ideology of political Islam, dawa, and the organizational infrastructure that Islamists use to inspire, indoctrinate, recruit, finance, and mobilize those Muslims whom they hope to win over to the extremist cause.

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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.

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The Libertarian: The Inevitable Failures Of A Two-State Solution

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why dreams of Israeli-Palestinian peace are destined for failure.

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