Fouad Ajami

Herbert and Jane Dwight Senior Fellow
Biography: 

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 In This Arab Time: The Pursuit of Deliverance (Hoover Institution Press, 2014). 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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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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

The Stranger in a Strange Land

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, December 19, 2013
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The Stranger in a Strange Land

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 19, 2013

What is the legacy of T.E Lawrence in the Arab world?

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Ajami on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America: “Obama thrives on controversy”

by Fouad Ajamivia Bill Bennett's Morning In America
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami discusses Obama’s declining popularity on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. Topics include the recent deal with Iran, Syria, Egypt, and Obama’s charismatic power.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Obama Keeps Putting Up With Karzai’s Chutzpah

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

“We want the Americans to respect our sovereignty and be an honest partner. And bring a lot of money.” Thus declared Afghan President Hamid Karzai to a

Analysis and Commentary

Hezbollah Suffers Syria Blowback in Beirut Bombings

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hassan Nasrallah, the dreadful Shiite cleric who commands the Lebanon-based Hezbollah movement, couldn’t get what he wanted. He had plunged his militia into

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Ajami on Opinion Journal Live: “there is something magical about [charisma], once you lose it you lose it”

by Fouad Ajamivia Opinion Journal (WSJ Live)
Friday, November 15, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami discusses Obama’s declining support on Opinion Journal Live. Topics include Obama’s charisma, comparisons to Abdul Nasser, and the role of the media.

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