Fouad Ajami

Herbert and Jane Dwight Senior Fellow

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

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.

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


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.


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