The Middle East and United States Strategy Series: A New Middle East: How Should the West Respond?

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Featuring Ed Husain

Ed Husain is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His work focuses on international threats from radicalization, extremism, and terrorism. Previously, Mr. Husain was cofounder and codirector of Quilliam Foundation, the world's first counter-radicalization think tank. He also served as a language instructor at the British Council in Syria and Saudi Arabia. Formerly an activist of Jamat-e-Islami, Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), and Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in the United Kingdom, Mr. Husain has now become a strong critic of extremism and Islamism. He is an advocate of Muslim engagement in mainstream politics as citizens, and not as separatist, anti-western polemical ideologues with Islamist agendas. He has been a frequent commentator for Newsweek, Bloomberg TV, CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC, al-Jazeera, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, Prospect, New Statesman, The Independent, and The Jewish Chronicle, among others. He is also the author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007), a finalist for the George Orwell prize for political writing. His next book will be The Sufis (Penguin, forthcoming in 2012). Born and raised in London, Mr. Husain has a master's degree in Middle East studies from SOAS, University of London.