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ASMEA Mourns the Passing of Prof. Fouad Ajami
Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2014) – The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) mourns the passing of its vice chairman, Prof. Fouad Ajami on June 22, 2014 from cancer at the age of 68.

ASMEA Executive Director David Silverstein said, "Prof. Ajami was an outstanding scholar, independent thinker and partisan for academic freedom. He felt strongly that the discipline of Middle East studies was in need of reform and together with Prof Bernard Lewis, strove to create an association that would attempt to restore this distinguished field of study to its former glory."

Born in southern Lebanon and raised in Beirut, Ajami authored Beirut: City of Regrets, The Vanished Imam, The Arab Predicament, The Dream Palace of the Arabs and The Foreigner’s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq.  Since 2011, he was a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Ajami published more than 300 essays, reviews and opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Foreign Policy and The New York Times Magazine.

"His was a brilliant pen with an intimate knowledge of the peoples of whom he wrote," continued Silverstein. "It was a privilege to have had a scholar of Prof. Ajami's caliber serve as our founding vice chairman."


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