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Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order

Significant gifts for the support of this working group are acknowledged from

  • Herbert and Jane Dwight
  • Beall Family Foundation
  • Stephen Bechtel Foundation
  • Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clayton W. Frye Jr.
  • Lakeside Foundation
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The Working Group on Islamism and the International Order seeks to engage in the task of reversing Islamic radicalism through reforming and strengthening the legitimate role of the state across the entire Muslim world. Efforts will draw on the intellectual resources of an array of scholars and practitioners from within the United States and abroad, to foster the pursuit of modernity, human flourishing, and the rule of law and reason in Islamic lands–developments that are critical to the very order of the international system.

The working group is cochaired by Hoover fellows Fouad Ajami and Charles Hill with an active participation by Hoover Institution director John Raisian. Current core membership includes Russell A. Berman and Abbas Milani, with contributions from Zeyno Baran, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Ziad Haider, R. John Hughes, Nibras Kazimi, Bernard Lewis, Habib Malik, Camille Pecastaing, Joshua Teitelbaum, and Tunku Varadarajan.

Featured Commentary and News

April 11, 2014 | New York Times

Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?

March 21, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Russell Berman on the John Batchelor Show ( 9:17)

 Harry Siegel, New York Daily News. Russell A. Berman, Hoover and Los Angeles Review of Books. Toshio Nishi, Hoover. Elizabeth Economy, Bloomberg.
March 17, 2014 | Los Angeles Review of Books

The Goal of the Boycott

This is one of eight essays we published today on ”Academic Activism: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Ethics of Boycott.” Click here to read the others.    THE MOVEMENT to boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) Israel presents itself as a nonviolent and grassroots … Continue reading →
February 25, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Fouad Ajami on the John Batchelor Show (31:21)

James Taranto, Wall Street Journal. Jed Babbin, American Spectator. Ian Austen, NYT. Fouad Ajami, Hoover. 
February 20, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Obama's Syria Debacle Laid Bare

February 19, 2014 | Bill Bennett's Morning In America

Fouad Ajami on Bill Bennett's Morning in America

February 11, 2014 | Stanford News

Stanford Scholars Propose Peaceful Nuclear Path for Iran

Stanford experts argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves. The new Iranian leadership might be listening.
February 6, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Fouad Ajami on the John Batchelor Show (10:10)

 Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents. Fouad Ajami, Senior Fellow, Hoover. Bruce Webster, AndStllIPesist; Webster & Associates. Jonathan Schanzer, FDD.
February 5, 2014 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Future of Egypt’s Copts

February 3, 2014 | Wall Street Journal Live

Fouad Ajami on Opinion Journal (Syria)

Hoover Institution senior fellow Fouad Ajami on the assassination of moderate Lebanese politician Mohamad Chatah.