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

U.S. Left Syrian Children to the Devil

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg News
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Egypt's Sisyphean Struggle for Democracy

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, December 13, 2012

In all likelihood, Egypt's new draft constitution, rushed through an Islamist-dominated assembly last month and facing a national referendum this Saturday and next, will be ratified.

Analysis and Commentary

Better a Pharaoh or a Tempest?

by Fouad Ajamivia Tablet Magazine
Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Analysis and Commentary

The Caravan: Obama Redux – Groundhog Day

by Fouad Ajamivia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Featured Analysis

Obama Redux - Groundhog Day

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

President Obama, it would be sheer arrogance to offer some thoughts to you about an overall strategy for the Greater Middle East.

Introduction

Obama's Second Term - Middle Eastern Memos

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Bedu have a fitting reminder: free advice is worth a camel, but no one takes it.  Here at the Caravan, we are optimists. We have come forth with free advice for a re-elected President Obama as to how to deal with the Greater Middle East.

Analysis and Commentary

A Note On The Christian Arabs

by Fouad Ajamivia Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Monday, November 26, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Will the Arab Spring Deliver for Hamas?

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

'Egypt of today is entirely different from the Egypt of yesterday, and the Arabs of today are not the Arabs of yesterday." So said Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi after Friday prayers last week, adding: "We will not leave Gaza alone."


Watch along the Nile

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Post-revolution Egypt is entitled to our patience—even our hopes. By Fouad Ajami.

late leader Hafez al-Assad

The Syrian Rebellion

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Bashar al-Assad was once the reformer, the “good czar” who would lead Syria into modern times. It was never meant to be. By Fouad Ajami.

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