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 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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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.

Analysis and Commentary

When the Obama Magic Died

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 15, 2013

The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr.

Analysis and Commentary

The Kurds Get a Second Chance in Syria

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More than 200,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees have moved into Iraqi Kurdistan. They have crossed an international border to be sure, yet it is, in the Kurdish

Analysis and Commentary

A Lawyer Lost in a Region of Thugs

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lamentations about what has become of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East miss the point. The remarkable thing about President Obama's diplomacy in the region is that it has come full circle—to the very beginning of his presidency.

Kurdistan Seizes Its Moment

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 18, 2013

In the bustling, confident north, the pretense of “one Iraq” grows weaker by the day.

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Ajami on Memri-TV: “If the United States does not intervene, Bashar Al-Assad's regime will manage to emerge scot-free from this crisis”

by Fouad Ajamivia MEMRI - The Middle East Media Research Institute
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami presents his argument for US intervention in Syria in an interview at the Middle East Media Research Institute. Read a translated transcript here, or watch the interview with English subtitles here.

Analysis and Commentary

Let’s Give Out Our Own Nobel Prize

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Monday, October 14, 2013

The picture on the front page of Saturday’s New York Times was worth a thousand words. Young Pakistani girls, one of them clutching a notebook, were awaiting

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Ajami on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America

by Fouad Ajamivia Bill Bennett's Morning In America
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fouad Ajami discusses, on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, President Obama’s recent policies in the Middle East. Topics include Obama’s ascent to the presidency; Syria, jihadism, and chemical weapons; and Hassan Rouhani and Iran.