I'm away all week on the Rebel Cruise, and one of my fellow passengers is scholar and freedom fighter Daniel Pipes, founder of the Middle East Forum.
For those of you who won't get a chance to meet him on the cruise this year, he kindly agreed to an in-depth interview about a wide range of topics:
Pipes lived in Egypt for three years in the 70s, while a university student. He talks about how Egypt has become more Islamafied over the decades, something that coincided with its loss of importance as a regional power.
He also discusses the importance of Israel and how that nation's relations with its Muslim neighbors has changed and will continue to evolve.