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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

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Email: rgkhouri@gmail.com

 

 

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2015 (continued)

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November 21, 2015

"How should the world respond to the ISIS threat? (part 1 of 2)"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Never in my adult life have I ever experienced in the Middle East and the Western world anything like the prevailing disjunction today between the “Islamic State” (ISIS) threat that preoccupies all publics and governments, and the apparent inability of political systems to deal with it coherently. This is a problem everywhere, and I mean literally everywhere, in the world, making Arabs, Americans Europeans, Israelis, Russians, Iranians and all other concerned people equal partners in this astounding example of collective political and strategic transcontinental incompetence."

 

 

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November 18, 2015

"Syria peace process is a marvelous play without actors"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"While the world has been preoccupied with the “Islamic State” (ISIS) and its global terrorism threat that emanated from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, 17 countries that met in Vienna last weekend agreed on a stunningly ambitious and impressive timetable to wind down the conflict and move Syria towards a political transition within the coming 18 months. The plan was agreed by all the critical external players, notably the United States, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, all of whom now spend more time funding and fanning the wars within Syria than they do resolving it. I hope dearly that this plan is actually implemented. The odds for that occurring are not high, but neither are they zero."

 

 

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November 15, 2015

"Military responses alone will not defeat ISIL"

Op-Ed, Aljazeera

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"In the past month, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched three major terror attacks: the downing of a Russian airplane over Sinai, two suicide bombings in Beirut and coordinated suicide attacks against civilians in Paris. The wave of violence had five targets: Russia, Egypt, Hezbollah, Lebanon and France. The ambitiousness of these actions appears to mark a shift in ISIL’s strategy that will likely trigger heightened military attacks against its facilities, supply lines and leaders. After the Paris attacks, French President François Hollande promised a “merciless” response against ISIL."

 

 

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November 14, 2015

"Four lessons from the ISIS attacks in Beirut and Sinai"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The devastating terror bombs Thursday in a south Beirut high-density residential and commercial area, following the apparent bomb that brought down a Russian civilian airliner last month in Sinai, indicate heightened will and ability by the “Islamic State” (ISIS) to widen its terror war against foes near and far. At least four important dimensions of these latest developments are worth pondering."

 

 

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November 11, 2015

"We cannot afford a two-year peace-making pause"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The dangerous and destructive situation on the ground in Israel-Palestine is painful for both parties, though Palestinians are being killed at a rate seven times faster than Israelis. So the situation is not a symmetrical one that should elicit simplistic calls for all sides to restrain themselves and stop killing each other. Restraining oneself and stopping the killings are useful acts which we should aim for, but they would be almost meaningless if Israel’s existing occupation/colonization/annexation/siege and Apartheid-like policies remain unchanged. Because in that case the outbursts of violence by both sides would certainly resume some months down the road — as they have since 1967, in fact regularly since 1947-48. If the underlying problem is not resolved, we will continue in perpetuity to experience the symptoms of the violence and loss of life on both sides."

 

 

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November 7, 2015

"Palestine, nestled between Pakistan and Panama"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Palestinians have been denied their state since the creation of Israel in 1948 took over 78% of historical Palestine. The 1.5 million Palestinians of 1948 now number an estimated nine million; the 750,000 Palestinians who were expelled by Zionists or became refugees by fleeing war in 1947-48 now number around 4.5 million. They achieved a symbolic milestone recently by becoming a “non-member observer state” at the United Nations. Sovereign statehood remains a distant dream, goal, and right."

 

 

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November 4, 2015

"Are vicious Islamists expanding? Is that the real issue?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The debate about whether “Islamic State” (ISIS), Taliban, or Al-Qaeda are expanding or being contained in Arab lands and Afghanistan is important news in many countries, and deserves a closer look to try to discern the real issues we should be following. This is certainly a topic of constant discussion among foreign policy practitioners and analysts in the United States, where I am spending a few months."

 

 

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October 31, 2015

"Vienna talks mark a historic moment for Syria and the region"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Maybe there is something in the water in Vienna that makes people act like adults. Whatever it is, the meetings this week in Vienna on Thursday and Friday suggest that several significant and positive changes are taking place across several conflict zones and stress points in the Middle East. The Vienna gatherings are so interesting because they touch on half a dozen different ideological or military conflicts that take place at several different levels. They all converge in the Middle East, and their epicenter is Syria, which is burning out of control and scorching everyone around it."

 

 

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October 28, 2015

"Is Washington a land of honest analysts or snake oil salesmen?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"It is useful to recognize that there is not a single United States in action in the Middle East, but several different versions of this powerful country. I have come to recognize this fact a bit more clearly during an extended stay this month at the University of Denver, with its impressive roster of scholars and practitioners-turned-scholars, along with discussions with Middle East experts in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Boston"

 

 

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October 24, 2015

"The bizarre, dangerous worldview of Kissinger and Washington"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"In an important op-ed article published earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Henry Kissinger provided a fascinating window into the foreign policy mindset of American officialdom that he has so consistently mirrored for nearly half a century now. His important article, entitled “A Path out of the Middle East Collapse,” captures concisely two things that the world should grasp about American foreign policy — especially in the Middle East, where it has been actively engaged in warfare for over a quarter of a century, as its relations and interests frayed."

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.