The American University of Beirut No Longer Deserves America’s Financial Support

American University of Beirut (Aziz Taher/Reuters)
Liberalizing the Middle East is a worthy goal, but the AUB has ceased to serve it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R ecent events in America’s newsrooms have shown that left-wing radicalism extends beyond our universities. But is the United States inadvertently sponsoring a more nefarious campus radicalism abroad? Each year, the U.S. sends millions of dollars to the American University of Beirut (AUB), a liberal-arts institution founded by Protestant missionaries in 1866 and based in Lebanon’s capital. The Washington Post’s David Ignatius recently argued that it is in America’s “moral and strategic interest” to support the AUB. Yet the university’s contemporary record raises serious questions about the wisdom of continuing to provide such support.

In recent years, the AUB has been accused of providing

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