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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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. 

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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

by 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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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.

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The Descent Of Syria Into The Abyss

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

“Greetings, softer than the breeze of Barada …. I send my tears, which will never dry, O Damascus.” The opening line of Ahmed Shawqi’s famous poem was written as news of the Syrian defeat by the French in 1920 reached Egypt. Less than two years earlier, Faisal I had entered Damascus and raised the flag of Arab nationalism. The jubilation was felt across the Levant. 

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Countering Iran Requires A Political Strategy

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It was not supposed to end this way. As protests erupted across the Arabic-speaking world, Iran seemed to be on the losing side. True, Iran’s leader, Ali Khamenei, had immediately called the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia “an Islamic liberation movement” and hailed them as “reverberations of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.” But as the protests spread from capital to capital and reached Damascus, not a few observers were confident that Iran would emerge weaker in the regional power game.


Renewing The American-Egyptian Alliance

by Samuel Tadros, Eric B. Brownvia
Thursday, October 26, 2017

The hopes of the Arab Spring were short-lived in Egypt, as the popularly elected Muslim Brotherhood moved to implement total rule, sectarianism rose, economic and security conditions deteriorated, and the failures of civic republicanism and non-Islamist currents became evident.

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Democracy In America: Where Do We Go From Here?

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Catalyst
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The debate over America’s democracy crosses many lines, including how different generations evaluate its strength. With that in mind, The Catalyst asked a variety of younger leaders to assess the health of America’s democracy, the hope they have for it, and the threats, if any, they perceive. We don’t pretend this sample is scientific, but it does include a range of perspectives. As our name indicates, being a catalyst for thought and action is part of our mission. Understanding the views of others is one way we learn the respect that so many of these contributors believe is essential to strengthening our democracy.