Elan Journo




Director & Senior Fellow

Instructor Bio

Elan Journo writes and speaks for ARI on foreign policy issues. In addition, he leads the Junior Fellows program in Policy Research and Legal Studies, and he is an occasional guest instructor at the Objectivist Academic Center.

Mr. Journo specializes in the application of Rand’s ethics of rational egoism to public policy issues, and his research and writing focus on the intersection of moral ideas and American foreign policy. His 2009 book, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism, analyzes post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy from the perspective of Rand’s philosophy. He is co-author, with Onkar Ghate, of Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond. His upcoming book examines American policy toward the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

His articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Journal of International Security Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, and in many popular media outlets. Mr. Journo briefs congressional staffers and speaks regularly at conferences and university campuses, including Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, New York University, George Mason University and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Mr. Journo holds a BA in philosophy from King’s College, London, and an MA in diplomacy from SOAS, University of London.



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Booksand Articles




Introduction and Intermediate writing, Core Courses
Objectivist Academic Center
2005 – present

Program Lead

Junior Fellows Program in Policy Research
Ayn Rand Institute
2012 – present

Writer & Editor

Rand's ideas; Policy issues
Ayn Rand Institute


Foreign policy; Middle East
Ayn Rand Institute

Selected Work

Book Chapters

  • "What should a distinctively American foreign policy do?" forthcoming.


Talks & Lectures