Is Islam a religion of peace? What should we do about Iran -- or, more specifically, an Iran with nuclear weapons? Why is it in our national interest to support Israel?
In answering these and other questions about the thorniest issues confronting the United States in the Middle East, Daniel Pipes provides some surprising answers. Among them, Pipes asserts that Israel is quite capable of standing up to a nuclear Iran on its own- Hoover Institution
Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and a prize-winning columnist who writes for the New York Times Syndicate. His website, DanielPipes.org, is one of the most accessed internet sources of specialized information on the Middle East and Islam.
The Wall Street Journal calls Mr Pipes "an authoritative commentator on the Middle East." CBS Sunday Morning says he was "years ahead of the curve in identifying the threat of radical Islam."
For example, Pipes wrote in 1995, "Unnoticed by most Westerners, war has been unilaterally declared on Europe and the United States." The Boston Globe states that "If Pipes's admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11."
Pipes received his AB (1971) and PhD (1978) in History from Harvard University and spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. Mr Pipes speaks French and reads Arabic and German. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, the US Naval War College, and Pepperdine University.
Pipes also served in various capacities in the US Government, including two presidentially-appointed positions: vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and member of the board of the US Institute of Peace. He was director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in 1986-93.
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, presents three forms of Islam: traditional Islam, radical Islam (a twentieth century invention) and moderate Islam.
Moderate Islam, Pipes says, "doesn't yet exist" but hopes that it will form for political reasons. Pipes allows for a wide range of interpretation, quoting a scholar who said "the Koran is like a supermarket, you can take from it what you will."
Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, discusses Israel's nuclear capability and its ability to use preemptive strikes to defend against Iran. Pipes suggests that while Israel could use the United States' Cold War tactic of speaking loudly about carrying a large stick, it could also take military action.
With a growing Muslim population in Europe and a majority in some countries Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, offers three scenarios of a Muslim Europe citing civil strife as likely.
While harmony is possible, Daniel Pipes suggests that it is much more likely that Muslims come to dominate European culture and society, or a conflict between indigenous Europeans and immigrant Muslims erupts.