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Silver jubilee of the Middle East Quarterly


Silver jubilee of the Middle East Quarterly

Priyanka Choudhury

Flagship publication of the Middle East Forum has concluded its 25th years of publication and stepped into a new quarter century with the publication of 101st issue of the Middle East Quarterly (MEQ).

Founded by Daniel Pipes in 1994, the journal has been edited by several distinguished scholars such as, Martin Kramer, Michael Rubin, Denis MacEoin, and (currently) Efraim Karsh. The journal has pioneered unfashionable notions, now widely accepted, such as the Islamist threat and the necessity of Israeli victory for the attainment of Palestinian-Israeli peace.

The Times of London has called the Quarterly an “invaluable source of information on the Middle East.” Bernard Lewis termed it, “Lively and stimulating … interesting and important.”

The Quarterly has been widely quoted and relied upon by the American media, including by CNN, Fox News, the Los Angeles TimesNew York TimesWall Street Journal, and Washington Post. International media citations include Reuters, Canada’s Globe and Mail, France’s Le Monde, Germany’s Die Welt, Great Britain’s Telegraph and Financial Times, Turkey’s Zaman, the UAE’s Al-Ittihad, and the Palestinian Al-Quds al-Arabi.

The Quarterly serves as a counterweight to periodics on the Middle East dominated by a dogmatic, monolithic approach that fails to address either root causes of the region’s endemic volatility or key issues of the day. In contrast, the Quarterly encourages serious discussion of the region’s most pressing issues, presenting competing points of view. As such, it has built a reputation for asking the hard questions that others would ignore.

As the journal concludes 25 years of publication, the editors are committed to expanding its scope and consolidating its position as a point of reference of in-depth analysis for academics, policymakers, opinion-shapers, and journalists.

The Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank, is dedicated to defining American interests in the Middle East and protecting America from Islamist threats. It achieves its goals through intellectual, activist, and philanthropic efforts.


Priyanka Choudhury is the assistant editor of Blitz

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