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

What is Hezbollah?

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, May 23, 2013
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What is Hezbollah?

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 23, 2013

The ‘Party of God,’ brought to you from Beirut—or ‘Little Tehran.’

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Hoover fellow Ajami discusses Syria on Opinion Journal (WSJ Live)

by Fouad Ajamivia Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)
Friday, May 17, 2013

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, weighs in on Russia’s abetting Syrian president Bashar Assad and President Obama’s summit with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Ajami discusses the Syrian civil war on the John Batchelor Show

by Fouad Ajamivia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, discusses Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan and the dilemma he is in because of the Syrian provocations. Erdogan threatens dire consequences, yet draws back, sheltered behind the assertion that his country won’t be drawn into a full-scale war with the regime in Damascus.

Analysis and Commentary

Turkey’s Stubborn Erdogan Is Undone by Obama, Assad

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

In Syria's War, The Lines That Matter Aren't Red

by Fouad Ajamivia Washington Post
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Afghanistan’s Corruption, and America’s Too

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Interviews

Fouad Ajami on The John Batchelor Show (19:24)

by Fouad Ajamivia John Batchelor Show
Monday, April 22, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Caravan: World Order After The Pax Americana – The Nemesis of the Welfare State

by Fouad Ajamivia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, April 19, 2013

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