Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the cochair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, received the seventh annual Benjamin Franklin Award for public service from the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Ajami is well known for his work on the Middle East, as shown by his many essays for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs magazine, and the New Republic. He is also a frequent presence on CNN.
In 2010, Hoover senior fellow Niall Ferguson received the award. Previous recipients also include Henry Kissinger, Charles Krauthammer, Robert Kaplan, John Bolton, and Philip Zelikow.
Founded in 1955, FPRI seeks to bring the best of scholarship to bear on foreign policy problems, with a crucial part of the institute's program stressing the importance of public service to the nation. These two elements are symbolized by the career of Benjamin Franklin, who devoted himself from an early age to public service and resolving problems using objective analyses that draw on the best knowledge available. (FPRI)
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