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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Analysis and Commentary

The Caravan: Syria and the Decline of the West

by Fouad Ajamivia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Analysis and Commentary

Obama Is Lost in the Mideast Bazaar

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, September 12, 2013

There is a trick in the great labyrinthine bazaars of the Middle East: petty hucksters luring the vacationing franjis into the market maze and then getting paid to lead them out. As dusk looms, the unnerved outsider is always glad to be steered to familiar surroundings.

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Syria and the Decline of the West

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Thursday, September 12, 2013

“Obama is a coward,” said Shifa, 29 years of age, in a government-held suburb of Damascus.  She saw through the American leader: he hadn’t wanted to launch a military campaign to begin with and had taken the exit offered him by Vladimir Putin.  “The Russians are great and very smart,” she said.

Featured Analysis

Barack Houdini: Making Syria Disappear

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Thursday, September 12, 2013

The online publication, Politico, put it well: Barack Obama tripped over Syria and fell on Iran.  That remarkable Obama luck, the luck that saw him through his bid for the United States Senate, the obtuseness of the Hillary Clinton campaign that had her win practically all the

Fouad Ajami discusses Egypt

Ajami: Banning the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is utopian

by Fouad Ajamivia Opinion Journal (WSJ Live)
Friday, September 6, 2013

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses, on Opinion Journal, the Egyptian political trajectory and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Fouad Ajami on Anderson Cooper: What steps will the US take in Syria?

by Fouad Ajamivia AC360 Blog (CNN.com)
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Fouad Ajami, along with Christopher Dickey, John King, and Fran Townsend, discusses recent developments in Syria. Conducted in three parts, topics include the merits of military intervention to destroy the Assad regime versus a punitive limited strike; Iraq and Kosovo as contrasting precedents; the relative significance of chemical weapons for US foreign policy; and the potential rise of al-Qaeda in Syria should Assad fall.

Analysis and Commentary

Destroy Assad’s Regime, or Hold Your Fire

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Syria is the moral and strategic test that U.S. President Barack Obama neither sought nor wanted. He had done his best to avert his gaze from its horrors. He,

Analysis and Commentary

The Shame of Syria

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, August 23, 2013
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The Shame of Syria

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Friday, August 23, 2013

The country’s refugees bear the cost of Obama’s moral and political evasions.

Analysis and Commentary

Excising the ‘Cancer’ in Egypt

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The knives -- or more properly the scalpels -- are drawn in the Egyptian public square. The liberal forums and the state media are suddenly filled with

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