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

Obama vs. McCain on the Middle East

by Daniel Pipesvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

How do the two leading candidates for president of the United States differ in their approach to Israel and related topics?...

Analysis and Commentary

Is Turkey Reforming Islam?

by Daniel Pipesvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Accounts from Turkey suggest that the government is attempting a bold re-interpretation of Islam...

Analysis and Commentary

Israel at 60: World's worst neighbourhood

by Daniel Pipesvia National Post (Canada)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Two religiously identified new states emerged from the shards of the British empire in the aftermath of the Second World War...

Analysis and Commentary

Europe or Eurabia?

by Daniel Pipesvia Australian
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

THE future of Europe is in play...

Analysis and Commentary

Give Muslims time to find democratic feet

by Daniel Pipesvia Sydney Morning Herald
Monday, April 14, 2008

The impression that Muslims suffer disproportionately from the rule of dictators, tyrants, unelected presidents, kings, emirs, and various other strongmen is entirely accurate...

Analysis and Commentary

Will Europe Resist Islamization?

by Daniel Pipesvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Some analysts of Islam in Western Europe argue that the continent cannot escape its Eurabian fate; that the trend lines of the past half-century will continue until Muslims become a majority population and Islamic law (the Shari‘a) reigns...

CASTLES MADE OF SAND: The United States and Saudia Arabia

with Abraham D. Sofaer, As'ad AbuKhalil, Daniel Pipesvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Is Saudi Arabia an ally or an adversary? Saudi Arabia remains an autocratic monarchy, where the rights of women and the press are severely restricted. Saudi money is a principal source of funding for the Wahhabi sect, which promotes a militant form of Islam throughout the Muslim world. Osama bin Laden and fifteen of the nineteen participants in the attacks of September 11 came from Saudi Arabia. And yet, for more than 50 years, the United States has treated Saudi Arabia as an ally. Why? What role have Saudi oil and Saudi oil money played in shaping our relationship? Is it time to recognize that Saudi Arabia may threaten American national interests? If so, what should U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia be?

Reversing the Tide of Radical Islam

by Daniel Pipesvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

There is no substitute for victory in the war on terror. By Daniel Pipes.

Faces of American Islam

by Daniel Pipesvia Policy Review
Thursday, August 1, 2002

The challenge of Muslim immigration