Samuel Tadros

Biography: 

Samuel Tadros was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution. Tadros is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom and a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Tadros is the author of Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity (Hoover 2013), and Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt (Hoover 2014).

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The Peace Fantasy

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Thursday, September 19, 2019

In the introduction to his book, Power, Faith and Fantasy, the Middle East historian turned diplomat turned Israeli politician, Michael Oren, reflected on the chosen title. These three themes had guided the American adventure in the region power or “the pursuit of American interests,” faith or “the impact of religion in the shaping of American attitudes and policies,” and finally fantasy, “the idea of the Middle East has always enchanted Americans.” To be fair to America, it was hardly unique in its fantasies. In his magnum opus, The Chatham House Version, Elie Kedourie had aptly diagnosed the British fantasy “all those episodes show successive and cumulative manifestations of illusion, misjudgment, and failure.” Nowhere has this been truer than in the Holy Land.

Interviews

Samuel Tadros: Arab Narratives On Zionism Are False

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Arutz Sheva
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Samuel Tadros discusses the success of Israel.

Analysis and Commentary

Obituary: Mohamed Morsi

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The rise and fall of Mohamed Morsi, who died last week at age 67, captured the tribulation of the Arab Spring.
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To Improve Its Middle East Policy, The U.S. Must Look Beyond States

quoting Samuel Tadrosvia Mosaic Magazine
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

While the Middle East remains as messy as ever, writes  Samuel Tadros, Washington cannot afford to ignore its problems even though it cannot solve them. It can, however, improve its approach to the region.

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U.S. Middle East Strategy

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Middle East remains today a troublesome area for the United States. American interests in the region are threatened by a host of adversaries from a resurgent Russia, a hegemonic Iranian desire and campaign of subversion, and Jihadi threat that has morphed from Al Qaeda to the Islamic State. Moreover, despite long U.S. investments and alliances, the region remains deeply anti-American. 

Interviews

Samuel Tadros: The Sorrows Of Egypt, Revisited

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Hudson Institute
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Samuel Tadros discusses whether Egypt still has a place in the US grand strategy.

Interviews

Samuel Tadros: The Sorrows of Egypt, Revisited

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Westminster Institute
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Samuel Tadros discusses whether Egypt still has a place in the US grand strategy.

Featured AnalysisAnalysis and Commentary

The Middle Eastern Christian Dilemma

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Writing in his famous book, What Went Wrong, the Middle East’s eminent historian, Bernard Lewis remarked that “according to Islamic law and tradition, there were three groups of people who did not benefit from the general Muslim principle of legal and religious equality – unbelievers, slaves, and women …. the rise of Western power and the spread of Western influence brought important changes to all three groups.” But while the drive for the emancipation of the three groups elicited fierce opposition, the reason was hardly the same. 

Analysis and Commentary

Middle Eastern Christians Are Under Threat. How Do They Feel About Jews And Israel?

by Samuel Tadrosvia Mosaic Magazine
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Unlike Western Christians, Middle Eastern Christians never warmed to Jews, but the rise of Islamism has led some to see Israel as the proverbial enemy of their enemy.

Egypt: Security, Human Rights and Reform

featuring Samuel Tadrosvia The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

On July 24, 2018, Samuel Tadros testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.

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