Recent Commentary/Events

Interview with Le Monde, “La France crée les conditions de l’échec de son utopie universaliste,” November 2019 (See full text of interview in the print edition here)

Panelist, “Bridging Divides: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on Migration and Belonging,” Harvard Center for European Studies, October 2019

Keynote Speaker, “After Political Violence: The State Regulation of ‘Immigrant Religion,’” 48th Annual NAIIMS Conference, September 2019

Interview with The Economist, “Western Governments are Telling Muslim Women Not to Cover Up,” July 2019

Interview with Associated Press, “Government Restrictions on Religion Increasing Worldwide,” July 2019

Interview with The Economist, “Anglophones and Francophones Still Approach Islam Differently,” October 2018

Op-Ed, “Seeing Iran’s Shadow in North Africa,” Reuters Opinion, October 2017

Discussant, “Turkey and the West by Kemal Kirisci,” Ozyegin Forum, Harvard Center for European Studies, October 2017

Jonathan addressed a bipartisan group of 19 members of the House and Senate at a meeting on “Integration, Refugees and Islam” on Capitol Hill, organized by the Aspen Congressional Program, July 2017

Interview with NPR-California, “2 political mavericks, Presidents Trump and Macron meet in Paris,” July 2017

Interview with The Week, “Many European Countries have no terrorism problem. Why?,” July 2017

Speaker, “Coping with Defeat: Sunni Islam, Roman Catholicism and the Modern State,” Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, June 2017

Lifetime member, Council on Foreign Relations, June 2017

Speaker, “Global Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy,” Reset DOC – Fondazione Cini, Venice, June 2017

Interview with Radio Canada, “La politique étrangère selon Trump,” May 2017

Speaker, “La géopolitique des alliances américaines dans l’ère Trump,” Forum Saint Laurent, Montreal, May 2017

Consultant, Last Week Tonight, “French Elections,” April 2017

Interview with Jewish Week, “Dreyfus Affair in the Age of Le Pen,” April 2017

Speaker, “Nuove frontiere democratiche di fronte ai trend illiberali,” Reset DOC – Università di Milano, March 2017

Commentator, Edition Spéciale Investiture Donald Trump, BFMTV, January 2017


After Paris, 13 November 2015 | NPR | NYT | Foreign Affairs

• Laïcité without Égalité?, [available via Brookings], Foreign Affairs, Nov. 19, 2015

On the French Muslim community and the state, Al Jazeera, Nov. 19, 2015

Background Q&A / FAQ on Terror in ParisReligion & Politics, Nov. 18, 2015

The complicated relationship of France and the Muslim world, WHYY – Philadelphia Public Radio, Nov. 18, 2015

What it means to be Muslim in France, WGBH – Boston Public Radio, Nov. 17, 2015

More scrutiny of those who go to Syria, and a long range view, are needed, New York Times – Op Ed / Room for Debate, Nov. 16, 2015

After Paris Killings, Focus Returns to Muslim Communities in France, NPR – All Things Considered, Nov. 15, 2015



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Interviews: US-Germany Spying Scandal | BBC | La Repubblica

Jonathan discussed German-US relations with The World on BBC/PRI, La Repubblica, The World Today on Australian ABC, and with The Hill (Washington, DC).

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Video: Book Interview | New Mexico PBS | October 2013

Click here to watch the discussion about The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims conducted by Furhana Afrid on NM-PBS’s In Focus talk show.

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Op-Ed: Neither Integration nor Assimilation | Der Tagesspiegel | NPR




Islam in Deutschland: Doppelter HandschlagDer Tagesspiegel, November 18, 2012. (PDF)

Two recent interviews on the same topic:

“The Berlin Journal,” NPR Berlin, November 2012


Der Lange Weg zur Integration,” Paris-Berlin Magazine, November 2012.

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Essays/Interviews: The Arab Spring

“No Bourgeoisie, No Democracy”: Obama’s Democratization Policy in North Africa, Die Tageszeitung, October 25, 2012 (Available in English)

• “Midwife” or “Spectator”? U.S. Policies towards North Africa in the 21st Century, Arab Society in Revolt,  Cesare Merlini and Olivier Roy, Eds. Brookings 2012

•  “Will Europe Shrink From the Arab Spring” (article with Omer Taspinar), World Politics Review, December 2011

• US-European policies in Libya (interview), La Repubblica, August 2011

• “The Arab Spring in Transatlantic Perspective” (panel discussion with Ana Palacio, Tamara Wittes and Hugues Mingarelli)  The Brookings Institution, transcript here (See pp.97-142), May 2011

• Foreign policy choices facing the U.S. and Europe in the Middle East (interview), La Repubblica, April 2011

• “Obama’s Soft Power Strategy in the Mediterranean,”(article) Affari Internazionali, March 2011

• Developments in Egyptian politics (interview), Radio France Internationale, January 2011

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Interview: State-Church Relations in France | La Croix

La capacité des Européens à façonner une relation stable entre l’Etat et l’islam est essentielle,” La Croix (Click here for PDF), July 5, 2012



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Essay/Interviews: French Elections, Toulouse Attacks, Marseille | New York Times

• The US and new French President François Hollande (interview), Libération, May 2012

• “Le changement, c’est maintenant? The 2012 French Presidential Elections in Perspective” – Panel with Christopher Caldwell, James Hoag, Jonah Levy and Justin Vaïsse (click to listen to/read transcript of the panel discussions), The Brookings Institution, April 2012

• “Can the Toulouse effect save Sarkozy from defeat in France?” (interview),, April 2012

• “Islam in the Melting Pot of Marseille: A Charmed Life May not Last,” New York Times Room for Debate, March 22, 2012

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• “Sifting Through What We Know about the Toulouse Killings” (interview), NPR’s The Two-Way, March 2012

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Interview: Burkas: “Islam or Freedom?” | MSNBC | NPR – WAMU

Jonathan discussed the recent Vlaams Belang campaign against Islam/burkas in Belgium in a February 2012 interview with

In April 2011, he provided commentary on the 2011 niqab/burqa ban in France to

In July 2010, Jonathan appeared on the Diane Rehm Show (WAMU / NPR) to discuss the banning of facial veils in France. Click here to listen.

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Interview: Norway Attacks | NPR – WHYY

Jonathan discussed the impact of the  July 2011 Norwegian attacks on European multiculturalism debates with The World (WGBH/BBC)Radio Times (WHYY/NPR)The Takeaway (WNYC/NPR), and the Christian Science Monitor and Veja Magazine (Brasil).

The March 2011 article he co-wrote with Justin Vaïsse about European disavowals of multiculturalism can be read here (Foreign Policy).

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