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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

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2014 (continued)

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June 14, 2014

"The ISIS peril clarifies what Arabs need"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The startling developments in northern Iraq, where the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has taken control of Mosul and other cities, highlights several troubling trends that have been evident across much of the Arab World for years."

 

 

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June 11, 2014

"Abandon the diplomacy of lies and fear"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The common thread here is the total lack of accountability or restraint in how global, mostly Western, powers focus on an issue related to a powerful Middle Eastern country, and then take action, from sanctions to warfare and regime change, to achieve the goals they set."

 

 

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June 7, 2014

"The Unserious Yet Durable Arab Electoral Spectacle"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The recent string of “elections” across the Arab world raises profound questions about the Arab world’s apparent difficulty in adopting institutions and practices of liberal pluralistic democracies. But is the problem really about the ability of Arab social values to accommodate democracy, or is there a deeper problem related to the clumsy nature of statehood that has emerged in this region during the past century?"

 

 

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June 4, 2014

"The Palestinian Unity Government Will Shape Its Own Fate"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Palestinian national unity government of technocrats headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah that was sworn into office in Ramallah Monday is rich in irony and opportunity. It offers important new possibilities, if key actors respond reasonably, rather than hysterically"

 

 

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May 31, 2014

"How Obama Can Stop Worrying"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"There is much irony, confusion and incompetence in U.S. President Barack Obama’s declaration in his speech at West Point earlier this week that, “For the foreseeable future the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism,” especially from “decentralized Al-Qaeda affiliates and extremists” who might attack American targets at home or abroad."

 

 

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May 28, 2014

"A Painful Guide to Arab Decay...and Rebirth"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Of all the Arab countries today that suffer violence or enjoy a superficial calm on the surface, Iraq is the saddest in my view, because of what it has not become in the last decade since the downfall of the hard and vicious Baathist regime. But first some context, because the agony of Iraq mirrors a wider Arab pattern of state mismanagement and mediocrity. Recent decades leave no doubt that the major modern Arab political problem is that entire countries are managed like private clubs by individual families; such privatized and personalized states do not function efficiently or serve their people well, which ultimately leads to their fragmentation or total collapse."

 

 

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May 24, 2014

"The Public Will Decides Egypt's Fate"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The millions of Egyptians who supported former Field Marshal Abdel Fatteh Sisi when he removed from office elected President Mohammad Morsi eleven months ago gave the impression that Sisi had overwhelming popular support for his actions and his candidacy. It remains unclear whether these sentiments among Egyptians were a genuine and lasting political statement or merely a short-lived form of mass hysteria that understandably sought the comforts of a secure and orderly life under a strongman."

 

 

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May 21, 2014

"We Should Applaud US Pragmatism on Hamas"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri discusses the implications of US engagement with Hamas under a unified Palestinian government, and the potential shift in US approach towards more pragmatic, fair diplomacy.

 

 

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May 19, 2014

"Changed Ties with Iran Will Reconfigure the Middle East"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"A few months ago we pretty much hit the bottom in violence and political discord across the entire Middle East, with active wars and insurgencies and daily terrorism defining many quarters of the region. The heartland of political violence has been the vast region of Lebanon-Syria-Iraq-Iran, which effectively has become a single operational arena in terms of the ease of movement of fighters and weapons for those who do battle around here."

 

 

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May 19, 2014

"A Checklist for Arab Change"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The dizzying pace of events across the Arab World during this fourth year of continuous citizen protests for a better life sees a very wide variety of developments in different country circumstances. It is easy to become confused by the very erratic pattern of events, and even to write off the last three and a half years as a noble but failed attempt to end the long Arab nightmare of security-ruled, family-run states. One symptom of this is the mass popular embrace of former armed forces commander Field Marshall Abdel Fattah Sisi to become the new president of Egypt, seemingly a move back to military rule in a new guise."

 

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