In the wake of violent anti-American protests across the globe, our next debate “Better Elected Islamists Than Dictators” is of particular significance to America’s foreign relations. The popular uprisings of the Arab Spring have left a leadership void that Islamists parties have been quick to fill. The U.S. now must face the rise of groups that are less amenable to the West than their autocratic predecessors. Will elected Islamists mean more radicalization and increased anti-Americanism, or will the spread of democratic values liberalize the Arab world?You won’t want to miss this timely debate on Thursday, October 4, at Kaufman Center. Join the debate now – cast your vote online and browse our extensive research librarywith positions from the panel, articles for and against, polls and other news.
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FOR THE MOTION/ REUEL MARC GERECHT Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Reuel Marc Gerecht is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan institution focusing on national security and foreign policy. He was a former Middle East Specialist at the CIA’s directorate of operations, and Director of the Project for the New American Century’s Middle East Initiative and a former resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
FOR THE MOTION/ BRIAN KATULIS Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress
Brian Katulis is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and South Asia. From 1995 to 1998, he lived and worked in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and Egypt for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He is co-author of The Prosperity Agenda, a book on U.S. national security. Katulis speaks Arabic.
AGAINST THE MOTION/ DR. M. ZUHDI JASSER Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy
M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., is the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state.
AGAINST THE MOTION/ DANIEL PIPES President, Middle East Forum
Daniel Pipes is one of the world’s foremost analysts on the Middle East and Islam. Pipes is President of the Middle East Forum, a nonprofit organization he founded in 1994 whose slogan is “Promoting American Interests.” Pipes’ most recent book is Miniatures: Views of Islamic and Middle Eastern Politics.