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Hillel Fradkin

Director, Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

Dr. Hillel Fradkin is a Senior Fellow with Hudson Institute where he directs its Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. He is founder and co-editor (with Husain Haqqani, Eric Brown, and Hassan Mneimneh) of the Center’s Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, the leading journal on contemporary Islamism (sometimes known as militant or radical Islam). He is also general editor of Hudson’s monograph series on contemporary Islam and Islamism.

Fradkin received his degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1978 for work done under the direction of the late Pakistani theologian Fazlur Rahman and was also a student of Dr. Muhsin Mahdi of Harvard University. His graduate studies included work on the history of Jewish thought. He received a BA in Government from Cornell University.

Prior to joining Hudson in 2004 Fradkin was a fellow at several other research institutes. Fradkin was a member of the faculties of the University of Chicago (1986-1998) and Columbia University/Barnard College (1979-1986.) He has also taught at Yale University and Georgetown University. He was vice-president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and director of its grantmaking program in public policy research (1986-1998.) He served in the US Army from 1969-1972 and was a member of the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He writes on both classical and contemporary Islam as well as Middle Eastern politics, American foreign and security policy and international relations and has lectured widely both in the US and abroad—including France, Great Britain, Germany, Morocco, Turkey and Israel—before academic, public, and governmental audiences. In addition to work on Islamic history and thought he has also written on the history of the problematic relationship of religion and politics as well as the history of Jewish thought.

His foreign languages include Hebrew, French, and Arabic.

Needed Now More Than Ever: The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 December 10 Event

The Holocaust and the Arab World June 27 Event

Iran's Land Bridge: Countering a Growing Influence in the Middle East September 29th Event

Six Days of Fire: Israel and the June 1967 War, Fifty Years On June 2 Event

Geostrategic Ramifications of the Crisis in Turkey July 27th Event

The Future of the Middle East: Regional Scenarios Beyond the Obama Years December 9th Event

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of a Prospective U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal November 19th Event

Does the Obama Administration Have a Middle East Policy? March 11th Panel Discussion

Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding

Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner

When Iran Gets the Bomb: What Will It Do? What Will Others Do? What Will Be the Costs?

Pakistan: The Crisis State

The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo

Pakistan at the Crossroads: Rising Radicalism

The Future of U.S.-Pakistani Relations: A Troubled Foreign Policy Relationship

How Should the U.S. Respond to the Prospect of Islamist Governments?

1950s Redux: The Continuing Allure of the Muslim Brotherhood for U.S. Policymakers

A Nuclear Middle East: Strategic Balance or Annihilation?

Iran's Nuclear Challenge: U.S. Options