Fouad Ajami

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Fouad Ajami is Majid Khadduri Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He received the MacArthur Prize Fellowship in the arts and sciences in 1982. Born in Lebanon, he has a doctorate in political science from the University of Washington. He is a frequent writer for the Wall Street Journal.

He is also a fellow of the Hoover Institution; a consultant to CBS News; a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report and Foreign Affairs and a member of the board of the Middle East Review of International Affairs. With Bernard Lewis, he cofounded the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, an alternative to the Middle East Studies Association.

Ajami was critical of Lakhdar Brahimi's role as UN Envoy to the establishment of the Interim Iraqi Government, saying Brahimi, in past roles in the Arab League and as foreign minister of Algeria, had been silent about Saddam's atrocities. Further, he accused him of being an advocate for Pan-Arab Nationalism: "Mr. Brahimi hails from the very same political class that has wrecked the Arab world..his technocracy is, in truth, but a cover for the restoration of the old edifice of power."[1]

In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal in June 2009, he said that Barack Obama must decide if he wants to appeal to the Iranian "regime and the people in the streets."[2]