Samuel Tadros is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, where he researches the rise of Islamist movements in the Middle East and its implications for religious freedom and regional politics. Tadros retraces the history of Islamism in Egypt and the Middle East, illuminating a perilous balancing act between the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Sisi's government, and the Ulema clergy.
Ahmet Yayla co-wrote ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate. He is Deputy Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). He is the former Chief of Counterterrorism and Operations for the Turkish National Police with a 20-year career interviewing terrorists.
Suzanne K. Scholte is one of the world's leading activists in the North Korea human rights movement having worked for over 18 years to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people. Scholte began a program in 1996 to host the first North Korean defectors in the United States to speak out about the atrocities being committed against the people of North Korea including the political prison camps and the horrific treatment of refugees.
Terrorism: A Political, Military Danger or a Cultural, Ideological Challenge?
ISIS is not merely a terrorist organization, it is a malicious idea. ISIS and Al Qaeda have the same ideological underpinning. We need to confront this pernicious thinking with an enlightened, open-minded thought - one that accepts The Other and co-exists with him, enlightened ideas emanating from within Islam.
Reform-minded Muslims who champion liberty and eschew Islamism, living in this unparalleled laboratory of freedom, have a unique moral obligation to lead the way in an anti-Islamist strategy. For too long we have allowed the grievance narratives of Islamist groups to dominate, deflect responsibility, and radicalize.