DANIEL PIPES: Founder, Middle East Forum

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Name: Daniel Pipes

Organization: Middle East Forum

Background: Daniel Pipes received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1971) and doctorate (1978) from Harvard University, both in history, and spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. Pipes, 61, speaks French and reads Arabic and German. He has also served in government roles, including two presidentially appointed positions: vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace (2003-2005). Pipes sits on five editorial boards, has testified before many congressional committees, and worked on five presidential campaigns.

In 1990, Pipes founded the Middle East Forum, an independent non-profit organization. The Forum had more than $3 million in revenue in 2009. Its mission is “promoting American interests” through publications, research, media outreach, and public education. It publishes the Middle East Quarterly and sponsors Campus Watch, Islamist Watch, the Legal Project, and the Washington Project. Pipes and his think tank have become increasingly strident about the supposed threat posed by Islam and Muslims in America. Anders Breivik cited Pipes and the Middle East Forum 18 times in his manifesto.

Funding: His think tank received millions of dollars in funds over the past decade, thanks to generous donors such as Donors Capital Fund, which gave $2,300,000; the Bradley Foundation ($305,000); the Russell Berrie Foundation ($273,000); the Becker Foundation ($355,000); the Anchorage Fund and William Rosenwald Family Fund ($2,320,299).

Key Quotes: “All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.” [Source]