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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Will the Arab Spring Deliver for Hamas?

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

'Egypt of today is entirely different from the Egypt of yesterday, and the Arabs of today are not the Arabs of yesterday." So said Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi after Friday prayers last week, adding: "We will not leave Gaza alone."


Watch along the Nile

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Post-revolution Egypt is entitled to our patience—even our hopes. By Fouad Ajami.

late leader Hafez al-Assad

The Syrian Rebellion

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Bashar al-Assad was once the reformer, the “good czar” who would lead Syria into modern times. It was never meant to be. By Fouad Ajami.

Analysis and Commentary

Pakistan’s Reckoning

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Turkey's Dangerous Assad Dilemma

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, October 11, 2012

As Turkish forces along the Syrian border exchange fire with the army of Bashar Assad, and Syrian refugees pour into Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a proud Islamist, might better appreciate the wisdom of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Analysis and Commentary

Viewpoint: Echoes of Spanish civil war in Syria

by Fouad Ajamivia BBC News Magazine
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Islam’s Angry Literalists Are Only at Halfway Point

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg News
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

How Sectarianism Blinds the Shia to the Horrors of Syria

by Fouad Ajamivia New Republic
Friday, October 5, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Morsi, Obama & the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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Morsi, Obama & the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The American president gets schooled in the ways of the Arab world.

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