The American Academic View of the Middle East

October 5, 2014 With Martin Kramer and Charles Lipson
Ideas do indeed have consequences and the ideas that flow from University-based Middle East Studies Centers often have strong pro-Arab, anti-Israeli influence in the policy making sectors of the State Department and the White House itself.  According to Martin Kramer, one of the few Israeli policy scholars who has ever served in such institutions (always as a visitor funded by extra-university sources) this is true over all the western world but particularly in the United States.For many years head of strategic studies at Tel Aviv University and now President of Shalem College in Jerusalem, he joined us, together with Charles Lipson of the University of Chicago, for a discussion of the connection between the views expressed within this particular sector of American academia and Muslim jihadist extremism up to and definitely including the new decapitation-prone “Islamic State.”