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Middle East Expert Daniel Pipes Discussed Radical Islam and the War on Terror
Daniel Pipes, William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy and one of the most highly regarded experts on Middle East affairs, presented “Radical Islam and the War on Terror” on Mar. 20 in the Drescher Campus Auditorium in Malibu. Bill Simon, Jr., former California gubernatorial candidate and director of policy for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee, introduced Pipes.
Who is the real enemy in the War on Terror and what are the war’s goals? Pipes maintains that radical Islam, not terrorism or extremism, is the real enemy, and that the goals of the West must be to defeat and replace it with a moderate form of Islam. Pipes is one of the most capable scholars for leading an in-depth analysis of radical Islam, and its various forms.
He is the founder and director of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the U.S. Naval War College, and is a prize-winning columnist. Pipes has served in various capacities in the U.S. government, including two presidentially appointed positions. His Web site, www.danielpipes.org, is the single most accessed Internet source of specialized information on the Middle East and Islam.