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Blank Section (Placeholder)Analysis and Commentary

ISIS’s Sledgehammer Against Civilization

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What we lose when ideologies like Islamism catastrophically destroy our precious cultural artifacts.

The Arab Spring in Egypt
Analysis and Commentary

Allah Versus KFC

by Mokhtar Awad, Samuel Tadrosvia Foreign Policy
Friday, February 27, 2015
How an unlikely American ideologue is inspiring Egypt’s new generation of Islamic militants.
Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance
In the News

Iraq After America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance

featuring Colonel Joel Rayburnvia The Weekly Standard
Friday, January 9, 2015

U.S. Army Col. Joel Rayburn, a senior research fellow at the National Defense University, is a historian who served as an adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq. He is also author of Iraq After America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance (Hoover Institution Press), a thorough account of what’s happened in Iraq since President Obama’s December 2011 withdrawal of American troops.

In the News

Fouad Ajami Goes to Israel

featuring Fouad Ajamivia Mosaic Magazine
Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Lebanese-born scholar knew more about the Jewish state than any Arab intellectual of his generation.

In the News

Don't Take Political Islam Lightly

featuring Charles Hillvia Israel Hayom
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Charles Hill is a diplomat-in-residence and lecturer in International Studies at Yale University. In the past he served as ambassador and as adviser to presidents. Last week, he published an article on the Politico website titled "Why Political Islam is Winning." In the article, Hill quotes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as saying, of the Islamic State group, that "there is literally no place for their barbarity in the modern world."

Analysis and Commentary

Why Political Islam Is Winning

by Charles Hillvia Politico
Sunday, December 28, 2014

A “trick question” often contains the answer to itself, and the best trick questions start a cascade of other consequential questions and their answers. The question imposing itself on us today is this: “How and why is it that political Islam appears to have failed wherever it has been tried in the modern world? Is there a basic incompatibility with modernity?”

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Overhyping ISIS

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Middle East is experiencing a major transformation, of which radicalism is only a symptom.  

In This Arab Time, by Ajami

Samuel Tadros on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 21, 2014

Islamism and the International Order Working Group Member Samuel Tadros remembers Fouad Ajami on the John Batchelor Show.

In This Arab Time, by Ajami

In This Arab Time: The Pursuit of Deliverance

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Press
Saturday, November 15, 2014

In this collection of bold and wide-ranging essays, Fouad Ajami offers his views on the Middle East, commenting on the state of affairs in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and more. He brings into focus the current struggles of the region through detailed historical standpoints and a highly personal perspective.


Samuel Tadros on Bill Bennet's Morning in America

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Bill Bennett's Morning In America
Friday, November 14, 2014

Islamism and the International Order Working Group Member Samuel Tadros remembers Fouad Ajami on Bill Bennett's Morning in America.


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The Working Group on Islamism and the International Order seeks to engage in the task of reversing Islamic radicalism through reforming and strengthening the legitimate role of the state across the entire Muslim world.

Efforts will draw on the intellectual resources of an array of scholars and practitioners from within the United States and abroad, to foster the pursuit of modernity, human flourishing, and the rule of law and reason in Islamic lands–developments that are critical to the very order of the international system. The working group is chaired by Hoover fellows Russell Berman and Charles Hill.

Visit The Caravan, a periodic symposium on the contemporary dilemmas of the greater Middle East.