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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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May 6, 2015

"Vulnerable, abused citizens lead to unstable states"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Perhaps more useful than trying to identify a single phenomenon that explains the problems facing Arab societies at the macro level of states, religions or ideologies, would be an attempt to understand what drives human sentiments at the individual and community level. The collective emotions of hundreds of millions of individuals ultimately translate into political actions in the public sphere, whether violent and criminal actions like forming aggressive militias or peaceful and legitimate ones like voting in elections."

 

 

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April 29, 2015

"Grasp This Window to Hold Killers Accountable"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"What happens when chronic violence and brutal aggression go unchecked for decades on end? We see an example of this in the release this week of the findings of a United Nations internal investigation of events during last summer’s war in Gaza. The report included the conclusion that Israeli attacks then killed 44 Palestinian civilians who had sheltered in seven United Nations schools. It also concluded that no weapons had been found inside those facilities, but rather in three other vacant UN-run schools that Hamas used to store arms, and from where it “probably” fired rockets at Israel."

 

 

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April 25, 2015

"A Needed Intellectual Jolt to Israel-Palestine Justice and Peace"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"What should we make of these developments related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that occurred Thursday? Someone in Gaza fired a projectile at southern Israel and Israel’s military responded by attacking some Hamas facilities in northern Gaza. This happened on the day when Israel celebrated its national independence day, which Palestinians mark as their catastrophic day of national shattering, subjugation and exile. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Israel said that if Israel were ever in trouble, the United States would fight for it and protect it. In Washington, the House Ways and Means Committee passed a global trade bill but included in it a provision that the U.S. government should work to prevent Europeans from adopting measures to support any trade sanctions or boycotts against Israel because of its illegal exploitation of Palestinian territories. At the Palestinian Birzeit University, Hamas won the student council elections, reversing decades of Fateh control. The UN agency responsible for providing Palestinian refugees with essential needs, UNRWA, noted that eight months after the devastating Israeli destruction of many parts of Gaza, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt, and 100,000 Palestinian refugees remain homeless."

 

 

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April 22, 2015

"Threats and Responses in the New GCC Militancy"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to grasp how they see the world is the best way to understand their behavior. So I have been discussing conditions around the Arab world and the Gulf with friends and colleagues in Dubai this week, seeking to understand the reasons for the newfound militancy of the Saudi Arabian-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in Yemen and other Arab lands. I left with much better appreciation for the domestic, regional and global developments that have pushed the GCC into its new orbit of concern and vulnerability — but also with more questions than answers about the perceived threats and whether war in Yemen is the most effective way to deal with them."

 

 

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April 18, 2015

"Our homemade weapons of our own mass destruction"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"If there is one reason above others that helps explain the many situations of armed conflict, political violence and state collapse across the Arab world, it must be that tens of millions of hopeless young men wander through their own societies like ghosts, unable to enjoy either satisfying employment or meaningful citizenship. The supply of young men, some as young as 14 years old, who are eager to join armed groups, criminal cults, and extremist militias is staggering, as we witness in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya and pockets of other countries across the region..."

 

 

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April 15, 2015

"Critical decisions ahead for the United States and Iraq"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Iraq is no longer mainly about Iraq, but also impacts conditions in five key neighbors: Syria, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Whether the impact will be positive or negative will be determined to a large extent by whether the United States and Iraq respond to Iraq’s basket of challenges, which are hard because they comprise multiple, interlocking sectoral issues and threats..."

 

 

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April 11, 2015

"A Question About Policy in Yemen"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"So here is this week’s brainteaser about the endearing world of American foreign policy in the Middle East. What should we make of the juxtaposition of three dimensions of U.S. policy on display today — the U.S. president’s sensible statement that the real threat to Arab states, including across the Gulf, is as much from their internal political and socio-economic stresses as it is from external sources like Iran; the defense secretary’s acknowledgment that Al-Qaeda is expanding its areas of control in Yemen in the midst of the current domestic and regional wars there; and, the active American support for the war effort in Yemen that seems to promote the first two problems?"

 

 

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April 8, 2015

"Iran accord could spark momentous regional changes"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The consummation of a full, multi-decade agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers, based on last week’s agreed parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, is likely to have monumental consequences — mostly for the better — across the entire Middle East. I base this expectation on one important historical analogy, and on several possible — I believe, likely — developments related to domestic, Gulf-wide, Mideast regional and international dynamics."

 

 

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April 4, 2015

"Rare courage, respect, reciprocity drove Iran deal"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The agreed parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program that were reached Thursday between Iran and the P5+1 powers represent a monumental achievement that affirms the power of reason and diplomacy over the ravages of fear and warfare."

 

 

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April 1, 2015

"Yemen war is debatable, but probably historic"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Analysts and ideologues will long, actively and inconclusively debate the actual reasons and possible consequences of the Saudi Arabian-led war in Yemen, until the passage of a meaningful period of time — usually a few generations or so around here — allows us to note in retrospect the actual consequences of state actions."

 

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