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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In This Arab Time, by Ajami

In This Arab Time: The Pursuit of Deliverance

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Press
Saturday, November 15, 2014

In this collection of bold and wide-ranging essays, Fouad Ajami offers his views on the Middle East, commenting on the state of affairs in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and more. He brings into focus the current struggles of the region through detailed historical standpoints and a highly personal perspective.

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Axis of Folly

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The president of the United States proved rash, the prime minister of Iraq, arrogant. Why Iraq is teetering.

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Chaos in the Fertile Crescent

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia have stepped into the vacuum left by the retreat and disinterest of the West. 

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.

The Struggle for Mastery in the Fertile Crescent

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Press
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fouad Ajami analyzes the struggle for influence along the Fertile Crescent—the stretch of land that runs from Iran’s border with Iraq to the Mediterranean—among three of the regional powers that have stepped into the vacuum left by the West: Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

Fouad Ajami on Uncommon Knowledge
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Peter Robinson Remembers Fouad Ajami

with Fouad Ajamivia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 27, 2014

In this special episode of Uncommon Knowledge, host Peter Robinson remembers Fouad Ajami, a Hoover senior fellow and renowned Middle East scholar, with excerpts from past interviews on Uncommon Knowledge covering US-Afghani relations, politics in Iran, and the need for reform in Islam.

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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.