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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John Kerry's Syrian Second Chance

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

As the war that has degraded and all but partitioned Syria enters its third year, the amorphous coalition known as the Friends of Syria continues to hover just off-stage.

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Ajami discusses Egypt on the John Batchelor Show

by Fouad Ajamivia John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 15, 2013

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, discusses his Wall Street Journal op-ed “The Pharaoh Fell, but His Poisonous Legacy Lingers.”

Analysis and Commentary

The Pharaoh Fell, but His Poisonous Legacy Lingers

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Monday, February 11, 2013

Two years ago, on Feb. 11, 2011, the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak stepped aside, overwhelmed by 18 days of protests. Silent and remote, he had ruled for three decades. He had offered his countrymen—and powers beyond—the sole gift of stability.

Analysis and Commentary

The Silence of the Drones

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Gaddafiphilia

by Fouad Ajamivia Newsweek
Monday, January 28, 2013
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Insult and Injury

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2013

Why is the Arab world so easily offended? By Fouad Ajami.

Analysis and Commentary

In Vietnam Vets Hagel and Kerry, Obama Finds Champions of Retrenchment

by Fouad Ajamivia Washington Post
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Will Leave Afghanistan to Warlords and Taliban

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Struggle for the Fertile Crescent

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, January 13, 2013

In Damascus on the first Sunday of the new year, an unrepentant Bashar Assad stepped out of his bunker to announce that there was no end in sight to Syria's ordeal. "We are in a state of war in the full sense of the word," he proclaimed.

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