The educational elite still remains unmoved by the prospect of radical Islamic Shariah law even as manifestations of it pop up in the United States. For example, recently, Middle East experts from the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment, along with two graduate students, agreed that in dealing with Islamic states, the U. S. should ignore Shariah but hold the nations to universal standards such as respect for women.
"United States policy should not pass judgment on Shariah," Eric Trager, a doctoral candidate from the University of Pennsylvania, said at the May 7, 2012 conference at the Reserve Officer's Association. "No one died and made us Mufti." Trager is also an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) which cosponsored the conference at the ROA.
He holds out hope that the United States can engage in constructive agreements with the new Egyptian government. "We should talk to them about stabilizing the Sinai," he said, "but not about counterrorism."