The Caravan on Advancing a Free Society

Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Caravan on Advancing a Free Society
The Caravan on Advancing a Free Society

Fouad Ajami, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Charles Hill, research fellow at the Institution, are cochairing the project “The Caravan,” with the active participation of Hoover director John Raisian. The Caravan is envisaged as being periodic symposiums on the contemporary dilemmas of the greater Middle East that will involve a free exchange of ideas and opinions from the members of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, including Fouad Ajami, cochair of that working group; Charles Hill, the other cochair of the working group; Russell Berman, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of that same working group; and Abbas Milani, research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. The symposiums will also include various scholars and experts to get fresh perspectives from all parts of the world.

The topic of the first symposium, because of its moral and political urgency, will be Syria.  Participating will be authors from several of Syria’s key neighbors: Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel. The participants include Ajami, Hill, Berman, Milani as well as Habib C Malik, Joshua Teitelbaum, Reuel Marc Gerecht, , Camille Pecastaing, Lieutenant Colonel Joel Rayburn and Nibras Kazimi, all of whom contribute to the working group on Islamism and the international order.

“Of course we are pleased with the name we chose—The Caravan—for all the literature about caravans tells you that they are vibrant and lively expeditions.  Our books and working papers gave us a voice in the literature and the scholarly world; this new endeavor would place us amid the debate,” stated Megan Ring, coordinator of the Caravan project.

The Caravan project is part of the Hoover Institution’s Advancing a Free Society blog, a product of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  Advancing a Free Society (AFS)  features content that is short and relevant to current policy debates, that is produced by Hoover fellows and scholars associated with our working groups and task forces, and that is directed at the core of the Institution’s vision: ideas defining a free society. AFS covers a wide range of subject matter, including economic policy, foreign and national security challenges, education reform, legal issues, and many other topics.