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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The True Nature of a Coup Revealed

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It is an uncomfortable truth: Dictatorship often rests on a measure of consent. A people acquiesce in their own servitude, forge their own chains.


Analysis and Commentary

The Caravan: The Great Schism

by Fouad Ajamivia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Featured Analysis

The Great Schism

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Grant Egypt its redeeming consolations: it is neither Algeria, nor Syria.  The terror that came to Algeria in the 1990s, a scorched earth war between Le Pouvoir (The Power Structure) and the Islamists which took a toll of no les

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Ajami discusses the Middle East on Opinion Journal (WSJ Live)

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal Live
Friday, August 2, 2013

Hoover Institution senior fellow Fouad Ajami speaks on why Secretary of State John Kerry should focus on Syria, not the Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Analysis and Commentary

John Kerry Fights the Wrong War

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Monday, July 29, 2013

A time comes in the course of deadly upheavals when the world wearies of the slaughter and the bloodshed turns routine. Words lose their shock value, and all

Analysis and Commentary

The Caravan: The Egyptian Coup: Deliverance or the Past Again?

by Fouad Ajamivia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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The Egyptian Coup: Deliverance or the Past Again?

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

There was an Egyptian coup d’état this July, and there was another one, on July 23, 1952.  The earlier one begot a military regime that remained in the saddle for six decades.  It came in the “nick of time,” a renowned historian of Egypt, the late Harvard scholar Nadav Safran, wrote in his seminal Egypt in Search of Political Community (1961).  There was political chaos in the land, a feeble and corrupt monarchy, extremist political parties bereft of wisdom and practicality.

Analysis and Commentary

Egypt’s Army, Hardened in Bureaucracy, Not War

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Egypt's Islamists Are Out But Not Down

by Fouad Ajamivia Washington Post
Friday, July 12, 2013
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Ajami discusses Egypt on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360

by Fouad Ajamivia Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
Monday, July 8, 2013

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, discusses the situation in Egypt and what he thinks the future holds for Egyptians.

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