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...
The Hoover Institution Press today released The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Counter It by Hoover research fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this free downloadable report, Hirsi Ali argues that the American public urgently needs to be educated about both the ideology of political Islam, dawa, and the organizational infrastructure that Islamists use to inspire, indoctrinate, recruit, finance, and mobilize those Muslims whom they hope to win over to the extremist cause.
His reading list focuses on how liberty is won, lost, and neglected. By Jonathan Rauch.
Abbas Milani, a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, discusses Iran's controversial president Ahmadinejad and his relationship with the nation's “divinely anointed” leader, Ali Khamenei.
Abbas Milani, a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution and the Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, compares the upheaval in Egypt to the Iranian revolution of 31 years ago rather than to Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution that toppled Ben Ali less than 31 days ago. Milani explains that Iran and Egypt are very similar and that what happens in both places has shaped what happens in the Middle East for a hundred years. Milani notes that Egypt is the most important center of Sunni learning and that Iran is the most important center of Shia learning. The two countries, he says, have been very much in competition with each other for hegemony over the Islamic world.
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.
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.