Samuel Tadros

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Samuel Tadros is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution, 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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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. 


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.


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.

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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.

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The Sorrows Of Egypt Revisited

by Samuel Tadrosvia Analysis
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Does Egypt still have a place in the US grand strategy? For many pundits in Washington the answer is a resounding no. From every corner of the US foreign policy community frustration abounds with Egypt. If, however, the United States is ever capable of understanding its troublesome ally and salvaging what remains of the US–Egyptian alliance, it must tread carefully, following Fouad Ajami’s steps, and approach the Egypt of reality, and not that of imagination. It must take a voyage to “a jaded country,” as Ajami called it, and visit the land of sorrows.

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Elegy for the Arab Spring

by Samuel Tadrosvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 9, 2018

Seven years on, those who hoped for a modern, humane Syria have few illusions left—Syrians fewest of all.

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To Tame Tehran

by Samuel Tadrosvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

The mullahs may have played their cards masterfully, but the game isn’t over. We can still meet them and call them.