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...
Over the weekend, I swung by Judge Jeanine's show to talk about one of the most malign trends of our time: the ever more open refusal by one side to permit those on the other side to speak.
His reading list focuses on how liberty is won, lost, and neglected. By Jonathan Rauch.
The Islamic Revolution first raised up, then cast down, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. Homage to an uncorrupted man. By Abbas Milani.
Ousting an autocrat is only a start. The rules of power become just as important as who holds it. By Larry Diamond.
Drought may not be destiny, but a critical ingredient for democratic societies does seem literally to fall from the skies. By Stephen H. Haber and Victor Menaldo.
A note on the late William F. Buckley Jr. and Firing Line, television's longest-running sporting event. By Peter Robinson.
Iran’s two top leaders scheme. By Abbas Milani.
The Arab revolts show why some autocrats hang on forever while others get swept away. By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.
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.
Even if the Arab spring does create a surge of regional democracy, expect the tide to ebb and flow. By Larry Diamond.
When it comes to Mideast peace talks, this time the optimists may have a case. By Robert Zelnick.
A visit with Robert Conquest, gentle knight and wicked poet. By Christopher Hitchens.
In the aftermath of pro-democracy protests in Iran this summer, some 4,000 people were arrested. Political reformers and religious hard-liners are now at a standoff. Who will prevail? By Abbas Milani.
Henrik Bering on Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles by Dominic Sandbrook