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Daniel Pipes

  • Should Israel Invade Gaza?
    As Israeli frustration mounts about violence coming out of Gaza, the idea of a ground invasion, and once and for all to finish with Hamas aggression, becomes more appealing. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed this approach, saying that "There ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-09-23
  • Fifty Years of Fascination
    At the start of my junior year in college, precisely fifty years ago this month, I changed my college major, making the leap from mathematics to Middle East studies. Math had become too hard, the region was too interesting. I wrote about this ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-09-22
  • Augustin de Barruel
    Augustin de Barruel (1741-1820), a French ex-Jesuit and an abbot ... in 1797-98 published the mammoth four-volume Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism....[1] In it, de Barruel made a systematic and well-documented case for secret societies ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-09-10
  • China Disrupts the Middle East
    As Vladimir Putin's declining Russia flaunts its power in the Middle East, Xi Jinping's ascending China eludes the attention it deserves. But the Communist Party of China has begun investing money and gaining influence in ways that have vast – and ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-09-10
  • How Trump Put Netanyahu in an Untenable Position
    It was understandable but unfortunate that the Israeli government on Thursday banned a visit by two of its most hostile congressional critics, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). On Friday, the reasons it wasn't a good idea became even ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-08-16
  • Yes to Nationalism, No to Imperialism
    Yoram Hazony's breathtakingly counterintuitive book, The Virtue of Nationalism (Basic Books), corrects a simple but colossal mistake: The Nazi monstrosity, he argues, did not result from nationalism but from imperialism. Hitler aspired not to make ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-08-02
  • Poll: Israelis Find the Security Establishment “Too Timid”
    Twenty years ago, the idea of Israel defeating the Palestinians appealed to maybe 3 percent of Jewish Israelis. The dominant Oslo spirit asserted that, given enough concessions, money, and hope, Palestinians would abandon their enmity toward Israel and ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-23
  • Covers at the 2019 Riyadh International Book Fair
    After 250 years, the Saudi dynasty under Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears cautiously to be exiting the Wahhabi hammerlock. But books on display at the 2019 Riyadh International Book Fair gave no hint of this, as suggested by the following ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-17
  • The Demon in Liberalism
    "Why has Sweden become the North Korea of Europe?" That's what a Dane semi-facetiously asked Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks at a conference I attended in 2014. Vilks unconvincingly muttered about Swedes' partiality for consensus. Now, along comes Ryszard ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-14
  • Telephone Books and My Family’s Polish History
    Paper telephone books have virtually disappeared from our lives, but they recorded essential information during the twentieth century. Thanks to a recent visit to my father's hometown of Cieszyn, Poland, plus the discovery of an unpublished Warsaw ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-04
  • Polish Telephone Books Reveal My Family’s History
    Paper telephone books have virtually disappeared from our lives, but they recorded essential information during the twentieth century. Thanks to a recent visit to my father's hometown of Cieszyn, Poland, plus the discovery of an unpublished Warsaw ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-04
  • Istanbul’s Election Puzzle
    The Middle East rightly has a reputation for inscrutability, with seemingly illogical actions part of its routine business. The Saudi crown prince kidnapped Lebanon's visiting prime minister, forced him to resign, only to watch him return to his position ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-06-25
  • Italy at the Crossroads
    ROME – Italy is in the news these days for two main developments. First, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has – against massive opposition from the media, the judiciary, and the church – shut the country's ports to illegal migrants and thereby reduced ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-06-18
  • Making Sense of Palestinian Logic
    Palestinians do weird things: A few days ago, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules most of the West Bank, refused to accept the tax revenues it is owed by the Israeli government. Today, Hamas, which rules all of Gaza, launched more than 200 ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-05-04
  • The Cowardice of Middle East Studies
    It's been ten years exactly since Ryan Gingeras published an extraordinary preface to his book, Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1912-1923 (Oxford University Press). I therefore quote it at length:If the truth be ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-05-01
  • Going Out on a Trump Plan Limb
    The Trump plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has prompted enormous speculation – when revealed, what specifics, who gains? – speculation that I confess to having contributed to in a series of articles: "The US-Israel Honeymoon May Not Last." ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-04-26
  • Academic Malfeasance: Do Moderate Muslims Exist?
    Did you know that that the War on Terror actually "is a war for natural resources – and that terrorism has little to do with it"? So argues John Maszka in his book, Washington's Dark Secret: The Real Truth About Terrorism and Islamic Extremism (Potomac, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-04-22
  • Anticipating Trump’s “Deal of the Century”
    President Trump's peace plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict surfaced two years ago and to this day – remarkably – only he and a handful of aides know its precise details. A stream of leaks, however, contains enough internal consistency that their ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-04-09
  • Harvard’s Communist Uprising, 50 Years Later
    Today marks 50 years of my political education. The events of April 9, 1969, helped make me who I am today and the university what it is. I was a sophomore in college when my fellow students at Harvard University decided that politics, especially the war ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-04-08
  • Repairing America’s Broken Universities
    When the FBI informs us that parents are ready to spend up to $6.5 million in bribes to get their children into prestige colleges, it seemingly implies that all is very, very well in the American university. But Warren Treadgold tells us that's an ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-03-20