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

Boston’s Terror and the Children of the Fault Lines

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg News
Friday, April 19, 2013
Featured Analysis

World Order After The Pax Americana - The Nemesis of the Welfare State

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Friday, April 19, 2013

In this time of generalized peace, there have been six military campaigns of rescue, waged by the United States.  All had taken place in an extended arc of Islamic geography – the first Gulf war of 1990-1991, the Bosnian campaign in 1995, the deliverance of Kosovo four years l

Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Caution and Arab Restraint Mark a New Terror Era

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg News
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Caravan: World Order After The Pax Americana

by Fouad Ajamivia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 8, 2013
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World Order after the Pax Americana

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Monday, April 8, 2013

In his epic offering to the glory of Rome, Virgil set the Romans different from the “others:”  Those others “could plead their cases better,” he wrote, “chart with their rods the stars, draw from the block of marble features thick with life.”  The Roman arts differed, the Roman had to put his “stamp on the works and ways of peace/to spare the defeated, break the proud in war.

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Hoover fellow Ajami on the John Batchelor Show

by Fouad Ajamivia John Batchelor Show
Friday, March 29, 2013

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, discusses his article “The Banality of Evil,” which asks what has become of the perpetrators of murder and genocide in Cambodia, Iraq, and other war-torn regions of the world?

Analysis and Commentary

How Obama Is Failing Syria

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg News
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Banality of Evil

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, March 21, 2013
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The Banality of Evil

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What has become of the perpetrators of murder and genocide in Cambodia, Iraq, and other war-torn regions of the world?

Analysis and Commentary

Ten Years Ago, an Honorable War Began With Wide Support

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Monday, March 18, 2013

Nowadays, few people step forth to speak well of the Iraq War, to own up to the support they gave that American campaign in the Arab world. Yet Operation Iraqi Freedom, launched 10 years ago this week, was once a popular war.

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