Fouad Ajami

Herbert and Jane Dwight Senior Fellow

Fouad Ajami passed away on June 22, 2014.  He was 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.

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The Struggle in the Fertile Crescent

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

One of the enduring mirages of the Mideast is the vision of a free, stable Iraq. The Sunni-Shia clash keeps it perennially out of reach.

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The Men Who Sealed Iraq's Disaster With a Handshake

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Friday, June 13, 2014

Two men bear direct responsibility for the mayhem engulfing Iraq: Barack Obama and Nouri al-Maliki.

Lawrence’s Fallen Star

Lawrence’s Fallen Star

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 21, 2014

In a tale stranger than any movie, Lawrence of Arabia lived the role of a lifetime.

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Ajami on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America: “Syria would have been the ideal test case for how to beat Iran”

by Fouad Ajamivia Bill Bennett's Morning In America
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami discusses current events on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. Topics include the recent violence in Ukraine and Venezuela, barrel bombs and chemical weapons in Syria, and nuclear weapons in Iran.

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Obama's Syria Debacle Laid Bare

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor on Feb. 12 to shine a bright light on the plight of the Syrian people and its consequences.

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Ajami on Opinion Journal: “it is completely unworthy of our secretary of state”

by Fouad Ajamivia Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)
Monday, February 3, 2014

Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami discusses Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent statements about boycotts of Israel on Opinion Journal. Topics include the propriety of such statements, the Israeli-Palestinian talks, and Scarlett Johansson.

Colliding Currents

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ataturk, Erdogan, and the battle for the Turkish soul.

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Obama and the Sunni-Shiite War

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 9, 2014

The ground burns in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Borders are being contested, and militant Islamists have all but overwhelmed secular authorities.

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Murder in Beirut

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In a politically contested city such as Beirut, there are public figures who fall to assassins, and others deemed safe by their reasonableness and moderation.

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The Stranger in a Strange Land

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, December 19, 2013