Instructor Bio

Elan Journo writes and speaks for ARI on foreign policy issues. He is a senior editor at New Ideal. In addition, he is an occasional guest instructor at the Ayn Rand University. In 2012, he launched ARI’s Junior Fellows Program and led it until 2018.

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. He is a contributor to Defending Free Speech and A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand. His latest book is What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

His articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, from Foreign Policy and Middle East Quarterly to The Hill and Los Angeles Times. He has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs, and often speaks at conferences and universities.

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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  • Foreign policy
  • Islamist movement
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Moral foundations of freedom

Courses Taught



  • Ayn Rand University
    2005 – present

Program Lead

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

Senior Editor

  • New Ideal, the journal of the Ayn Rand Institute
    2018 – present

Selected Work


Talks and Lectures