Between Christmas and New Year's, we're reviving a tradition we began last year: Bringing you in-depth conversations with some The Rebel's most popular, fascinating and knowledgeable guests.
TONIGHT: Dr. Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, has been studying that region for almost 50 years, making him one of the world's leading experts on the topic.
He began by studying Arabic in Cairo in 1969, a city he says was far more secular and less "dreary" then than it is today.
Tonight he helps us understand how these tiny oil rich regimes operate. Could a liberal democracy ever flourish in any of these nations, or are "benign dictatorships" the best we can hope for?
I share an epiphany I had during the Rebel's mission to Israel about the Arab-Israeli conflict and its real importance. Why is this conflict being "kept alive"? Pipes agrees that the situation of the third-generation so-called "Palestinian refugees" is "preposterous and evil."
We also talk about Trump's Middle East policies, the UN vote on Jerusalem, apparent reforms by the new Saudi prince — and disagree about how demographics will impact Europe's future.
Don't miss this in-depth conversation that will leave you with plenty to ponder!