Letter of Endorsement
Academics' Letter of Endorsement

The Honorable Judd Gregg
Chairman
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
SH-835
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Gregg:

As scholars and intellectuals holding positions in a wide range of universities and other institutions, we write to offer our support for President Bush's April 2, 2003 nomination of Dr. Daniel Pipes to the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).

Detractors have denounced Dr. Pipes' nomination by impugning his scholarship and accusing him of "extremism," of "Muslim-bashing," and of "Islamophobic" bigotry.

We believe these charges are systematically inaccurate and inappropriate. Dr. Pipes has made many contributions in the fields of study of Middle East politics and terrorism. He has taught these subjects at such institutions as Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the U.S. Naval War College. He has authored nearly a dozen highly regarded books about the Middle East and Islam. As the head of the Philadelphia-based think tank, the Middle East Forum, he has attempted to inform national debate over some of the most urgent public policies of the day. Further, he has written widely on these and related topics in popular venues, including in newspaper columns.

His extensive experience as an outspoken opponent of terrorism, including Islamic fundamentalist terrorism, has earned him a following among scholars and ordinary Americans of all backgrounds. In the course of this work, he has consistently made efforts to distinguish moderate Islam from its extremist offshoots. He is no bigot. As a result, Dr. Pipes' supporters include Christians, Jews, and a substantial number of moderate Muslims. His positions have provoked debate. But the claim that these positions are extreme is as inaccurate as the claim that Dr. Pipes is a bigot is grossly unfair. Dr. Pipes' positions lie well within the broad mainstream of national discussion over these pressing issues.

As a leading expert in the field, Dr. Pipes is committed to opposing global terrorism and religious intolerance. His position on the USIP board will afford the institution an opportunity to benefit from his thinking on these and related fields of scholarly inquiry.

Sincerely yours,

Fouad Ajami
Majid Khadduri Professor
Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies

Gerard Alexander
Associate Professor of Politics
University of Virginia

Fred Baumann
Professor of Political Science
Kenyon College

Walter Berns
Professor Emeritus
Georgetown University

Mark Blitz
Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy
Claremont McKenna College

James Caesar
Professor of Politics
University of Virginia

Mark Clark
Professor of Political Science
University of California at San Bernardino

Dr. Patrick Clawson
Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Cori Dauber
Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Peace, War, and Defense
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Edward J. Erler
Professor of Political Science
California State University at San Bernardino

Dr. Hillel Fradkin
Ethics and Public Policy Center

Donald Kagan
Sterling Professor of History and Classics
Yale University

Sir John Keegan
Defense Editor
The (London) Daily Telegraph

Paul Kennedy
J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History
Yale University

Charles Kesler
Professor of Government
Claremont McKenna College

Dr. Michael Ledeen
American Enterprise Institute

Robert Lieber
Professor of Government and Foreign Service
Georgetown University

Charles Lipson
Professor of Political Science
University of Chicago

Herbert London
John M. Olin University Professor of Humanities
New York University

Harvey Mansfield
William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government
Harvard University

Richard Morgan
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law
Bowdoin College

John Owen
Associate Professor of Politics
University of Virginia

Martin Peretz
The New Republic

Jeremy Rabkin
Associate Professor of Government
Cornell University

Steven Rhoads
Professor of Politics
University of Virginia

Raymond Tanter
Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan

Nathan Tarcov
Professor of Political Science and Social Thought
University of Chicago

Mervin Verbit
Professor of Sociology
City University of New York Brooklyn College

James Q. Wilson
Emeritus Professor of Management and Public Policy
University of California at Los Angeles

Jean M. Yarbrough
Gary M. Pendy Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Government
Bowdoin College