Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum

Daniel Pipes


Daniel Pipes was the Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution until August 31, 2012 and director of the Middle East Forum, a public policy institute that seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East.

Pipes has written twelve books, including Miniatures (2003), Militant Islam Reaches America (2002), Conspiracy (1997), Syria beyond the Peace Process (1996), The Hidden Hand (1996), Damascus Courts the West (1991), The Rushdie Affair (1990), Greater Syria (1990), The Long Shadow (Transaction, 1989), In the Path of God (1983), An Arabist's Guide to Colloquial Egyptian (1983), and Slave Soldiers and Islam (1981). Pipes has also edited two collections of essays, Sandstorm (1993) and Friendly Tyrants (1991).

Pipes’s biweekly column appears regularly in the Jerusalem Post and other newspapers around the globe. He has also published in such magazines as the Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, National Review, New Republic, Time, and the Weekly Standard. More than a hundred American newspapers have carried his articles, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. His writings have been translated into thirty-three languages and have appeared in such newspapers as ABC, Corriere della Sera, the Daily Telegraph, Le Figaro, La Razón, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the Sydney Morning Herald, and Die Welt.

He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, the US Naval War College, and Pepperdine University. Pipes has served in various capacities in the US government, including two presidentially appointed positions: vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and board member of the US Institute of Peace. He was director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in 1986–93. In addition, Pipes sits on five editorial boards.

Pipes received his AB (1971) and PhD (1978) from Harvard University, both in history, and spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt.

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Analysis and Commentary

A History of Muslim Terrorism against Jews in the United States

by Daniel Pipesvia Family Security Matters
Friday, May 22, 2009

The arrest yesterday of four would-be Jihadis before they could attack two synagogues in New York City brings to mind a long list of terrorist assaults in the United States by Muslims on Jews...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama and Netanyahu Meet - What's Next?

by Daniel Pipesvia Jerusalem Post
Sunday, May 17, 2009

The meeting on May 18 of two newly elected leaders, Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu, raise a basic question about US-Israel relations: Will this long-standing alliance survive its 62nd year?...

Analysis and Commentary

Islamists and the Left Working Together in Muslim-majority Countries?

by Daniel Pipesvia Family Security Matters
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Iranian revolution of 1978-79 influenced relations between Islamists and the Left in two ways:...

Analysis and Commentary

Lion's Den: The limits of terrorism

by Daniel Pipesvia Jerusalem Post
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Does terrorism work, meaning, does it achieve its perpetrators' objectives?...

How About a No-State Solution?

by Daniel Pipesvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 13, 2009

Gaza and the West Bank are failed nonstates that, at least in theory, could be reabsorbed by neighboring Arab lands. By Daniel Pipes.

Analysis and Commentary

Does Turkey Still Belong in NATO?

by Daniel Pipesvia FrontPage Magazine
Monday, April 6, 2009

Smack on its 60th anniversary, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization finds itself facing a completely novel problem – that of radical Islam, as represented by the Republic of Turkey, within its own ranks...

Analysis and Commentary

Arabs, Israelis, and Underdogs

by Daniel Pipesvia FrontPage Magazine
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Who, a century back, would have imagined Jews making the better soldiers and Arabs the better publicists?”...

In the News

Bushfire Jihad in Australia?

by Daniel Pipesvia Danielpipes.org (blog)
Thursday, March 26, 2009

As fires swept through a hot and dry Victoria State, Australia in February 2009, some observers (including myself) wondered if this might not be an Islamist attack on the country...

Analysis and Commentary

Palestinians Who Helped Create Israel

by Daniel Pipesvia FrontPage Magazine
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Palestinians have so loudly and for so long (nearly a century) rejected Zionism that the Mufti Amin al-Husseini, Yasir Arafat, and Hamas may appear to command unanimous Palestinian support...

Analysis and Commentary

Netanyahu as Prime Minister

by Daniel Pipesvia FrontPage Magazine
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

With Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, head of the Likud Party, about to become Israel's next prime minister, one wonders whether he will stick to his more controversial campaign promises – not that of confronting the Iranian threat, which is widely backed, but such as ending Hamas control of Gaza or keeping the Golan Heights...