Meet Elan

Elan Journo, director of policy research at the Ayn Rand Institute, is an expert on American foreign policy, Ayn Rand’s thought, and the intersection of moral ideas and public policy.

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Elan’s most recent book, co-authored with Onkar Ghate, is Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond (2016). It was hailed as “heartbreakingly rational, masterfully reasoned, entirely clear, prescient” by Phyllis Chesler; a “moral tour de force” by philosopher Jason Hill; and “a brilliant collection of essays” by historian Efraim Karsh.

Elan’s first book, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism (2009), analyzes Bush-era foreign policy. The late Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins and Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum were among the scholars and public intellectuals who praised the book, which is featured in university courses.

He is writing  a book evaluating American policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from an Objectivist perspective.

Elan has published in Foreign Policy, Middle East Quarterly, The Journal of International Security Affairs, and the Claremont Review of Books. His commentary has appeared in many popular outlets, including The Federalist, Foxnews.com, Chicago Sun-Times, Australia’s Herald Sun, Canada’s Globe and Mail, Times of Israel, Los Angeles Times, and The Hill.

Elan has appeared on countless radio programs (NPR, syndicated talk radio) and TV interviews (Fox News, PBS). He briefs congressional staff and speaks at universities across North America. He is a speaker for The Federalist Society. In 2013, he was a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.

Born in Jerusalem, Israel, and raised in the United Kingdom, Elan holds a BA in philosophy from King’s College London and an MA in diplomacy from SOAS, University of London.

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