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Ed Husain

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies

Expertise

Islamist ideologies; Islamist political movements in the greater Middle East; civil society counterradicalization strategies; government counterterrorism policies; Salafism; Sufism; Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

Programs

Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative , Middle East Program

Featured Publications

All Publications

Current Projects

Roundtable Series on the Rise of Islamist Political Movements and U.S. Foreign Policy

Director: Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
July 1, 2012—Present

The debate within Muslim-majority societies over the role of Islam in government is long-standing, but more important today than ever before. Recent developments in the Middle East and beyond have many asking how Islamist movements will shape the future of the societies in which they exist, and how the United States should respond to the complex challenges they pose in such areas as economic policy, women's and minority rights, and relations with Israel. This roundtable series, made possible through the generous support of the Smith Richardson Foundation, explores these questions and more.

CFR Events

Roundtable Meeting

Breaking Out of Islamist Extremism

Speaker:

Maajid Nawaz, Chairman, Quilliam Foundation; Co-Founder, Khudi; and Author, Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism

Presider:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 18, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God

Speaker:

Matthew Levitt, Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence; Senior Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and author, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God

Presider:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 9, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation With Rached Ghannouchi

Speaker:

Rashed Ghannouchi, Cofounder and President, Nahdha Party, Tunisia

Presiders:

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director, Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations, Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 30, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the Arab Uprisings: Trends and Prospects

Speaker:

Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Presider:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 8, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

Islamists, Secularists, and the Future of Egypt

Speaker:

AbdulMawgoud Dardery, Member and Foreign Relations Committee Spokesperson, Freedom and Justice Party

Presider:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 7, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

Pakistan on the Brink: A Conversation with Ahmed Rashid

Speaker:

Ahmed Rashid, Correspondent, Far Eastern Economic Review

Presider:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 3, 2012

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Symposium

Session Three: Islam and Politics

Speakers:

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East, Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Michael Willis, Director, Middle East Centre and H.M. King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

Presider:

Deborah S. Amos, Foreign Correspondent, National Public Radio
March 29, 2012 - March 30, 2012 9:00-9:30 a.m.

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Roundtable Meeting

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Foreign Policy and Extremism

Speaker:

Ruth Turner, Chief Executive, Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Presider:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
January 19, 2012

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Roundtable Meeting

The Al-Qaeda Factor: Assessing Al-Qaeda's Role in Attacks on the U.S. Homeland

Speaker:

Mitchell Silber, Director, Intelligence Analysis, New York Police Department

Presider:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
December 13, 2011

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Corporate Meeting

Egypt's Elections: A Report from Cairo

Speaker:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Toni Johnson, Senior Staff Writer, CFR.org
November 29, 2011 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Conference Call

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Roundtable Meeting

Global Prospects for the Muslim Brotherhood

Speaker:

Lorenzo Vidino, RAND Corporation

Presider:

Ed Husain, Council on Foreign Relations
April 25, 2011

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Symposium

Panel Three: “Reaching Out” – Promoting Community Engagement

Speakers:

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Suhail Khan, Former Adviser, George W. Bush Administration, Abdal Ullah, Councillor, Tower Hamlets; Former Member, London Metropolitan Police Authority

Presider:

Craig Whitlock, National Security Correspondent, Washington Post
April 1, 2011

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Bio

Ed Husain is senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he focuses on trends within Arab Islamism, perceptions of the West in the Arab world, and U.S. policy toward the Middle East.

Formerly an activist of Jamat-e-Islami, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in the United Kingdom, Husain has now become a strong critic of extremism and Islamism. He writes and speaks extensively on international threats from radicalization and terrorism. He has lived in Syria and Saudi Arabia, and speaks Arabic.

Husain is the author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007), which was a finalist for the George Orwell prize for political writing. His next book is The Sufis and Me (forthcoming). He has appeared on CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian, National Review, and Jewish Chronicle, among other media outlets.

Husain holds an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.