"Islamism: What is it and Where is it Going?"

Islamism: What is it and Where is it Going?

The Trustees of the

BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cordially Invite You to an Address by

 

Daniel Pipes, Ph.D.

President

The Middle East Forum

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

World Trade Center Baltimore

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.

Members: Free of Charge* – Guest: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

As we all know, Islamist Extremism has been engaged in a kind of war against the United States and Europe for several decades.  “9/11”, hundreds of thwarted bombings in the United States, individual strikes, and the fear of more has led to a vast expenditure of money, time, and enormous overseas commitments.  Successful attacks in Europe have added to America’s uncertainty.  While considerable success has been realized against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, radical Islam has spread into North Africa and further south.  It remains in South Asia, has reached as far west as Indonesia, and has expanded in the Philippines.  Many count upon resistance from moderate Muslims.  However, the undercurrents of support for, or opposition to, the “movement” are not clear.  It remains uncertain as to the vitality of radical Islam, the extent of its reach within the Muslim world, and its future.  Nevertheless, knowing its extent and durability must be a fundamental part of contemplating American foreign policy.  We are extremely fortunate to be joined by one of the nation’s most articulate and clear voices on the matter.  Daniel Pipes in the 1980s spoke on Extremist Islam’s war on the West, in the 1990s he warned of its threat to the United States, and before 9/11 he spoke of al Qaeda training for destruction of tall buildings.

 

Dr. Pipes received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard in History.  He lived and studied abroad for over six years, including three in Cairo.  He has taught at Harvard and the University of Chicago and held appointments at other major institutions.  He was director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute for six years and was the editor of the highly respected Oribs journal.  He founded the Middle East Forum, of which he is now President and which is activist as well as research oriented.  He is the author of sixteen books, hundreds of articles in the most serious of journals, and has been a commentator on the most respected media outlets.  Widely known for strongly held positions, he is generally accepted as perhaps the leading authority on the challenge of Radical Islam.  We are fortunate to have him share his thinking with us and we can look forward to a most interesting evening as we ponder the phenomenon of Radical Islam and its importance to the United States.

 

It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Daniel Pipes to the Council.