Campus Watch and California's Middle East Academic Radicals
As the Northern California Reprentative for Campus Watch, it is my goal to focus on Middle East studies academia here on the West Coast. My latest Campus Watch article, which is posted at the American Thinker, looks at our efforts in California, as well as setting the record straight on what our work is all about:
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it became painfully clear that if America was to become more engaged in the Middle East, it would need to develop a greater understanding of the area. Scholars of Middle East studies at our nation's universities were called upon to explain the religious, cultural and political dynamics of the region to students, journalists, and politiciansContinue reading "Campus Watch and California's Middle East Academic Radicals"
Unfortunately, many of the leading academic lights in the field proved to be woefully unprepared for the conflict at hand and-much worse, were actively hostile to the interests of the United States and its allies.
It was for this reason that in Sept. 2002, Middle East Forum director and Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes started Campus Watch (campus-watch.org), a project intended, as stated at its website, to "review and critique Middle East studies in North America, with an aim to improving them."
Campus Watch has since focused its efforts on the West Coast, where no shortage exists of Middle East studies academics with problematic perspectives.