Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and founder of the AHA Foundation. She served as a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006.
She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. As a young child, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. As she grew up...
Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It.
In his provocative new book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, Paul Berman criticizes liberals for refusing to stand against Islamic extremism and defend Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Tunku Varadarajan speaks to him about why ideas still matter...
Dear Mr. Brin: Fifty years ago this week, when I was a 21-year-old college senior, I was in the Soviet Union, sent by the government of Israel to smuggle in Jewish religious items and smuggle out names of Jews who wanted to escape the Soviet Union and could then be issued a formal invitation to Israel.
His reading list focuses on how liberty is won, lost, and neglected. By Jonathan Rauch.
THE most exciting and under-reported news of the past few weeks in Iran has been that the emerging challenger to the increasingly frantic and isolated "supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani...
For years, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri criticized Iran’s supreme leader and argued that the country was not the Islamic democracy it claimed to be, but his words seemed to fall on deaf ears. . . .
Maybe democracy never had a chance in the Iranian presidential elections, but the people of Iran still do. By Abbas Milani.
The Islamic Revolution first raised up, then cast down, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. Homage to an uncorrupted man. By Abbas Milani.
Forgive Vice President Joe Biden the audacity of claiming last month on CNN's "Larry King Live" that Iraq is destined to be "one of the great achievements of this administration." . . .
When millions of peaceful demonstrators took to the streets of big Iranian cities in June to protest what was widely assumed to be a stolen election, many in the West wondered whether the movement had the will and vision to sustain itself. . . .
The land where stability vies ceaselessly with stagnation. By Joshua Teitelbaum.
Now that the U.S. freedom agenda has quietly been shelved, Arab lands can only reflect on what might have been. By Fouad Ajami.
The causes, the players, and the likely consequences of the Arab eruptions. A conversation with Hoover fellows Peter Berkowitz, Victor Davis Hanson, and Peter Robinson.
Hoover fellow Abbas Milani on the rebellions in the Muslim world—and the monarch who set them off. An interview with Charlie Rose.
Vulnerabilities of an elusive enemy