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Opening Remarks and Introduction: Advancing U.S. National Interests Through Effective Counterterrorism

Alan Lang, Chairperson, Open Forum
Washington, DC
January 30, 2002

I’m chairman of the Secretary’s Open Forum. I’m very pleased to welcome you to this conversation on Advancing U.S. National Interests Through Effective Counterterrorism with Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum.

I will like to take a moment to tell our visitors just a little bit about the Open Forum. Since its inception 35 years ago the Forum has explored viewpoints that expand ideological and political spectrum. The Open Forum speaker program examines issues related to U.S. national interests and features presentations by opinion leaders and government, private industry, academia, the nongovernmental organization (NGO) community. The views expressed today are neither official positions of the U.S. Department of State nor those of the Secretary’s Open Forum. Today as we seek to promote peace and prosperity in regions of vital interests in the United States we attempt to bring nations of people together to meet such common challenges as terrorism, ethnic and religious tension, strife. We must tap expertise from all segments of society including government, private industry, universities, think tanks, and the NGO community. That’s why we are so pleased to present today’s program.

Since 1994, the Middle East Forum, an independent 501c3 organization, has promoted American interests through publications, research, consulting, media outreach, and public education. We’re delighted to have its director, Daniel Pipes, here with us today. I’d like to take a moment to tell you just a little bit about him.

He is a columnist for both the New York Post and The Jerusalem Post. His website, DanielPipes.org, offers an archive of this published writings and a sign-up list to receive his new articles as they appear. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in history. He spent a number of years studying abroad. Mr. Pipes has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the U.S. Naval War College. He has served with distinction in the Department of State and the Department of Defense. As vice-chairman of the presidentially-appointed Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships from 1992 to 1995, he oversaw U.S. government international exchange programs. Mr. Pipes frequently discusses current issues on television appearing on such programs as ABC, World News, CBS reports, Crossfire, Good Morning America, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and the Today Show. He has lectured in more than two dozen countries and he has consulted on Middle Eastern topics for prominent financial, manufacturing, and service companies including law firms, bar associations, trade groups, agencies of the United States Government, and law courts in the United States and Canada.

As you all know, he has published articles in many, many magazines including Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, and Foreign Affairs as well as several newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. As of today, he has written eleven books. I understand he’s working on the twelfth entitled Militant Islam Reaches America, to be published by Norton press on September 11, 2002. Prior books on Islam include The Rushdie Affair, In the Path of God: Islam and Political Power, and Slave Soldiers and Islam. Mr. Pipes serves on the Special Task Force on Terrorism and Technology at the Department of Defense. He sits on three editorial boards and has testified before many congressional committees.

We’re are delighted and honored to have Daniel Pipes here with us this afternoon. Please join me in welcoming him with a round of applause.



Released on June 26, 2002

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