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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Autocracy and the Decline of the Arabs

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 6, 2009

“It made me feel so jealous,” said Abdulmonem Ibrahim, a young Egyptian political activist, of the recent upheaval in Iran. “We are amazed at the organization and speed with which the Iranian movement has been functioning...”

Analysis and Commentary

Autocracy and the Decline of the Arabs

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 5, 2009

‘It made me feel so jealous,” said Abdulmonem Ibrahim, a young Egyptian political activist, of the recent upheaval in Iran...

Analysis and Commentary

Strangers in the Land

by Fouad Ajamivia New York Times
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A departure and a return: In the legend of Moorish Spain, Boabdil, the last Muslim ruler of Granada, is said to have paused on a ridge for a final glimpse of the realm he had just surrendered to the Castilians...

Autocrats’ Sigh of Relief

Autocrats’ Sigh of Relief

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Obama is turning away from the emancipation of the Muslim world, offering no change its people can believe in. By Fouad Ajami.

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Huntington and His Discontents

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 10, 2009

Samuel Huntington’s "clash of civilizations" proved an ominous vision. History may yet prove it right. By Fouad Ajami.

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Obama’s Afghan Struggle

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 20, 2009

The administration will find that the “graveyard of empires” is not history’s idle boast

Negotiate with Iran?

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Good faith is not in Tehran’s vocabulary. By Fouad Ajami.

Analysis and Commentary

The Foreign Policy Difference

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The candidacy of Barack Obama seems to have lost some of its luster of late, and I suspect this has something to do with large questions many Americans still harbor about his view of the dangerous world around us...

A Measure of Pride

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Five years into the Iraq war, a better country is emerging. By Fouad Ajami.

Analysis and Commentary

No Surrender

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wars have never been easy to defend....

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