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Professor Peter Berkowitz comments in a Washington Post editorial on the threat to national security posed by lack of knowledge of the Middle East

Professor Peter Berkowitz comments in a Washington Post editorial on the threat to national security posed by lack of knowledge of the Arab Middle East.

Studying Islam, Strengthening the Nation The Washington Post, April 12, 2005. By Peter Berkowitz and Michael McFaul.

Excerpt:

"It is time to recognize our ignorance and address it. Universities, working in tandem with government and foundations, should take immediate steps. And in doing so, they should resist the temptation to simply amend existing faculties with programs in Middle Eastern studies centers that are not rooted firmly in the established faculties of the university. Programs set up this way promote a kind of intellectual ghettoization because of the misguided assumption from which they and the multitude of special-interest programs that have sprung up around the university derive:  that in each area of human affairs there is a methodology distinctive to it."