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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

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2015 (continued)

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March 11, 2015

"Drama becomes farce in U.S.-Israeli ties"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

The contentious diplomatic drama that was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress last week has now expanded into a full-fledged political farce, after 47 Republican senators sent a letter to the Iranian supreme leader earlier this week. That letter basically insulted the Iranians by suggesting they did not know how the American political system operates, because, they argued, the next administration or president could reverse any agreement President Barack Obama reaches with Tehran.

 

 

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March 7, 2015

"Another blow to the farcical 'peace process'"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

The recommendation by the Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council (PLO CC) this week to suspend the two-decades-old security coordination with Israel illustrates the depths of meanness, desperation and irrationality that have come to define the broken relationship between the Palestinians and Israelis. It reflects both the unsustainable colonial mentality of the current rightwing Zionist leadership in Israel, and the stresses and failures of the current Palestinian national leadership that has not been able to achieve an effective response.

 

 

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March 4, 2015

"The battle forces against ISIS remain incomplete"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The intense debate that is taking place across the world in recent months about the precise nature and motivating forces for the “Islamic State” movement (or ISIS) is impressive and useful, but still incomplete. It will allow all concerned to enjoy a more accurate understanding of what this group is all about and why it attracts adherents from across the world, which is critical to developing a policy to defeat it. There is hope and despair here."

 

 

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February 28, 2015

"A milestone in United States-Israel relations"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the U.S. Congress next week has generated intense reactions from Israelis and Americans of all political shades. Its long-term impact is unknown, but its significance to date is that it has provided us with a rare opportunity to see what happens when American congressmen and women are caught uncomfortably between two very powerful forces in their lives: standing with the American president, or standing with the leader of Israel regardless of what that leader does, including directly challenging the American president."

 

 

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February 25, 2015

"Sisi's joint Arab military idea is stunningly idiotic"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s suggestion that our region needs a joint Arab military force to deal with escalating threats from armed factions in lands like Libya is one of the most ridiculous and non-credible ideas to emerge in the Arab world for many years. The idea of joint Arab action for common security needs is a good one in principle, but given the legacy of Arab military actions at home and abroad, it makes no sense whatsoever, on many counts."

 

 

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February 7, 2015

"Jordan Today Reflects Arab Strengths and Weaknesses"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Jordan’s public opinion, political leadership and regional and international dynamics today offer very useful insights into the current condition of the entire Arab world, and should be studied carefully by anyone interested in how things operate in this region and where it may be heading."

 

 

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February 4, 2015

"Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt Offer Real Choices"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The contrast this week between political decisions by the governments in Tunisia, Bahrain and Egypt capture vividly the two available pathways for Arab national development. For the first time ever in modern Arab history, Arab citizens across the region can witness how life, politics, and citizenship operate in two alternative systems based, respectively, on the rule of law and democratic pluralism, in the case of Tunisia, and on top-heavy, family-based, security-managed governance systems in most other Arab states, with Bahrain and Egypt offering the most recent unfortunate examples."

 

 

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January 31, 2015

"Deterrence Works, but Only until War Recurs"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The predictability of the sequence of events between Israel and Hizbullah in the last two weeks played out like clockwork. While there are some unknown motivating factors about the Israeli air attack in the Golan Heights on Jan. 18 that killed six Hizbullah men and an Iranian general, there was no such imprecision about the events that followed."

 

 

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January 28, 2015

"No Succession Drama, but Plenty of Regional Drama"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Perhaps the most dramatic aspect of the succession in the Saudi Arabian monarchy last week was how undramatic and routine it was. The sixth such succession to a new monarch and crown prince in modern Saudi history lacked the tension and behind the scenes jockeying for power that had been so widely hyped in much of the Western and sensationalist Arab media."

 

 

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January 14, 2015

"Problems in Paris and Khartoum"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Two things happened in Paris and Khartoum this week that portend bad times ahead for the Arab region and for relations between Arab and Muslim-majority countries, on the one hand, and American- and European-led countries, on the other hand. The more dramatic development was the massive solidarity march in Paris to uphold values like freedom of press and expression and condemn the two terror attacks in Paris by four radicalized, socially alienated French citizens who had joined militant Islamist networks like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. The second, and in the longer term the more significant development, was the announcement that Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir has submitted his candidacy to be re-elected for another five-year term in elections set for April 13."

 

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