Dr Daniel Pipes

American historian, writer and analyst; Founder and President of the authoritative Middle East Forum (Philadelphia)

Areas of expertise

Politics, Public Speaking, Policy Analysis

Biographical Statement

Daniel Pipes is an American historian, writer, and commentator. He is the founder and president of the Middle East Forum, and publisher of its Middle East Quarterly journal. His writing focuses on the American foreign policy and the Middle East. He is also an expert at Wikistrat.

After graduating with a PhD from Harvard in 1978 and studying abroad, Pipes taught at a number of universities - history at the University of Chicago, history at Harvard University, and policy and strategy at the Naval War College. For a while Pipes served on the policy-planning staff at the State Department. He then served as director of the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute, before founding the Middle East Forum in 1990. In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Pipes for the board of the United States Institute of Peace. After a controversy including a filibuster by Democratic Senators, Pipes obtained the position by recess appointment and served on the board until early 2005.

Pipes has written sixteen books, and served as an adviser to Rudolph Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. He was in 2008–11 the Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.