national medal of science
american academy of arts and sciences
nobel prize
presidential medal of freedom
national humanities medal
Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution
Fouad Ajami
herbert and jane dwight senior fellow
cochair, working group on islamism and the international order

Expertise: Middle East politics, foreign policy and contemporary history

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Awards and Honors

Benjamin Franklin Award for public service (2011)

Bradley Prize (2006)

Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism (2011)

MacArthur Fellows (1982)

National Humanities Medal (2006)

Fouad Ajami is the Herbert and Jane Dwight Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the cochair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order. From 1980 to 2011 he was director of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Arab Predicament, The Vanished Imam: Musa al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon, Beirut: City of Regrets, The Dream Palace of the Arabs, and The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq. His most recent publication is The Syrian Rebellion (Hoover Institution Press, 2012). His writings also include some four hundred essays on Arab and Islamic politics, US foreign policy, and contemporary international history. Ajami has received numerous awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award for public service (2011), the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism (2011), the Bradley Prize (2006), the National Humanities Medal (2006), and the MacArthur Fellows Award (1982). His research has charted the road to 9/11, the Iraq war, and the US presence in the Arab-Islamic world.

Last updated on July 9, 2013