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20th September 2012 – Tablet

How Orientalism Shaped Obama

In the early morning hours of Sept. 11, the U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a press release condemning the “continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of... more...

20th September 2012 – Scripps Howard News Service

Misunderstanding 9/11

Clifford D. May

‘We have seen that the desire for liberty and freedom is, indeed, universal, as men and women in the Middle East rise up to seize it.” I admire Condoleezza Rice and thought... more...

17th September 2012 – Fox News

Do Americans Dare Trust Egypt’s President Morsi?

The dramatic attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo capped off a summer in which Egypt has already seen its greatest political developments in 150 years. The first democratic elections... more...

14th September 2012 – Index on Censorship

Islam Blasphemy Riots Now Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The United States is the world’s undisputed king of culture. No country’s film industry can rival Hollywood; no nation’s musical artists sell more records worldwide than America’s. Boasting... more...

14th September 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Free Speech and Political Violence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

I find the number of people willing to censor offensive speech in the wake of the anti-Islam film, and the reaction that it has provoked, disturbing. One example is this USA Today op-ed... more...

30th August 2012 – Standpoint

Nostra Culpa

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The lazy days of August were overshadowed by the latest round of speculation on whether Israel will attack Iran — an ongoing guessing game that has produced ponderous studies on the pros... more...

21st August 2012 – National Review Online

Obama’s ‘Alert Observation’ of Anti-Christian Violence Must End

Benjamin Weinthal

As Nina Shea discussed below, Pakistani authorities have incarcerated a 12-year-old Christian girl, who is believed to suffer from Down’s syndrome, because she allegedly burned pages of the Koran. more...

11th August 2012 – The Caravan, Hoover Institution

Engaging Fundamentalists

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Given the growing strength and electoral triumphs of fundamentalists in the Middle East, many in Washington fear that the administration just can’t handle Islamists. more...

9th August 2012 – Scripps Howard News Service

Jeane Kirkpatrick’s War

Clifford D. May

Jeane Kirkpatrick spent her life studying — and fighting — totalitarianism. Reading Peter Collier’s illuminating new biography, Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick... more...

6th August 2012 – National Review Online

Why Is the West Ignoring Saudis’ Persecution of Christians?

Benjamin Weinthal

Saudi Arabia’s deportation of 35 Christian Ethiopian workers last week for holding a private prayer in advance of Christmas in December 2011 has brought the anti-Christian violence of the Saudi regime back into the public eye. more...

26th July 2012 – Faster, Please!

CAIR Strikes Out

Michael Ledeen

It’s always a happy day when would-be censors fail to silence voices they don’t agree with, and it’s particularly satisfying when the losers are a well-known crowd of politically correct anti-1st Amendment vigilantes. more...

20th July 2012 – Foreign Policy

Oh, Brother

Mohamed Morsy's young presidency in Egypt hasn't started all that smoothly. It's largely been characterized by a series of standoffs with the Egyptian military, including this week's controversial court case on the legality... more...

17th July 2012 – Gunpowder & Lead

Islamism in the Popular Imagination

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The term “Islamist” has been bandied about frequently since revolutionary events gripped the Arab world last year. It is a term meant to signify those, including political parties. more...

16th July 2012 – Ordered Liberty

Secretary Clinton and ‘Real Democracy’ in the Middle East

“The era of Big Government is over!” I could not get President Bill Clinton’s famous declaration out of my mind this morning as I read the speech Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave in Egypt yesterday. more...

9th July 2012 – Commentary

The Muslim Brotherhood Owns Egypt

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When the Arab Spring bug caught on in Egypt, in late January 2011, commentators rushed to explain that the Tahrir Square crowd was hip and Western, secular and “facebooked.” more...

27th June 2012 – Ordered Liberty

Obama Administration’s Breathtaking Arrogance on Questions about Inviting a Terrorist to Washington

One should always hesitate before jumping to the conclusion that the something that just happened is the worst thing that has ever happened — history usually has many worse “worsts” ready to hand. more...

27th June 2012 – Tablet

What’s Next for Egypt?

What’s going to happen in Egypt now that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi has been elected president? That’s the question weighing heavily on everyone’s minds—perhaps no one’s as much as Benjamin Netanyahu’s. more...

26th June 2012 – National Review Online

Hezbollah Joins the White House in Congratulating Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President-elect

The Shiite jihadist organization that serves as Iran’s forward militia, issued a statement congratulating the Egyptian people and their new Islamic supremacist president, Mohammed Morsi, on their “historical achievement,”... more...

25th June 2012 – World Affairs Journal

Read Me If You Can: Censorship Today

It all goes back to the Rushdie Affair. In 1988, when an Indian-born Briton wrote a novel that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad in a less-than-reverent light, the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, a religious edict, encouraging any Muslim, anywhere, to kill him. more...

25th June 2012 – National Review Online

Obama Administration: ‘Imperative’ that Egyptian Military Hand Over Power to Islamist President

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is doing her part to help the Muslim Brotherhood implement the Turkey Strategy in Egypt. As I’ve pointed out before, if you want to see what’s going to happen in Egypt, look at Turkey... more...


Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

Clifford D. May



29th July 2013 - 12:00 PM

Egyptian Revolution 2.0

A Conversation with Bahaa El-Taweal, Khairi Abaza, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Samuel Tadros, and Jonathan Schanzer

In light of the rapidly changing situation on the ground in Egypt, the U.S. must now determine how best to support Egypt's transition, protect U.S. interests, and advance democracy in the region. Are we supporting a military dictatorship over a popularly elected Islamist government? What does the future hold for the non-Islamist Tamarod movement? Will the Muslim Brotherhood rebound from this defeat? What does this crisis portend for the Muslim Brotherhood bloc, including Qatar and Turkey?

26th October 2012 - 3:00 AM

Khairi Abaza Speaks on Egypt’s New Government

Where is the Egyptian 'Third Republic' Heading

Al-Hewar Center, Vienna, VA