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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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2014 (continued)

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Septembere 27, 2014

Palestine's Moral Force Needs Diplomatic Power

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly Friday was expected to launch a process that combines wishes with threats. Both sides of that equation show why the Palestinian leadership under Abbas, and Yasser Arafat previously, has achieved virtually nothing in the last two decades since the Oslo Accords launched the Palestinian Authority experiment."

 

 

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September 24, 2014

"Creating or Evading the Gates of Hell?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The continuous upheaval of ideological forces and reconfiguration of geo-strategic conditions across the Middle East took a dramatic turn Sunday-Monday, as reflected in three principal developments in and around the Arab world: The combined American-Arab Gulf states air strikes in Syria, the control of the Yemeni capital by Houthi rebels, and the meeting in New York between the Saudi Arabian and Iranian foreign ministers."

 

 

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September 20, 2014

"Shameful Hamas-Fateh Behavior Must Stop"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"There is little in the Middle Eastern political scene these days more shameful than the sheer incompetence and irresponsibility of both leading Palestinian political groups Hamas and Fateh in moving ahead to implement their national reconciliation government, — a move critical for any real improvements in the lives of Gazans."

 

 

State Department

September 17, 2014

"The Reluctant Posse"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Referring to Arab states as the "reluctant posse" to the U.S.'s role as "sheriff," Rami Khouri identifies three domains in which Arab governments have been negligent and incompetent. Khouri argues that these incompetencies have given rise to Salafist militant groups like the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda and that they have rendered Arab governments unable or reluctant to control these very groups.

 

 

U.S. Department of State

September 13, 2014

"Hard to Be Confident in the Coalition-to-Come"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"I dearly wish that the 'Islamic State' (IS) will be contained and then defeated by the many countries and non-governmental armed groups who say they are committed to achieving that goal. From the evidence to date, it is hard to be confident that the American-led coalition under construction will be the effective vehicle to do that, which is a very uncomfortable feeling."

 

 

September 10, 2014

"Polarization and Solidarity Coexist in Arab Societies"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Never in the modern history of the Middle East have so many countries experienced such intense, often violent, domestic conflict or political paralysis. The ongoing wars or severe ideological confrontations in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, and Bahrain have sparked a new industry in explaining what is really going on in this region: Sykes-Picot-crafted artificial borders collapsing, Shia-Sunni and/or Saudi Arabian-Iranian tensions sparking proxy wars, or failed state-centered nationalism being replaced by sectarian identities."

 

 

U.S. Army

September 6, 2014

"We Do Not Need a Rerun of the War on Terror"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"I have the uncomfortable feeling this week that we may be at the beginning of a replay of that period in 2001-2003 when the United States launched a 'global war on terror' to defeat Al-Qaeda and its brand of terrorism. A decade later, the U.S. and U.K. led an attack on Iraq with a 'coalition of the willing,' and now, another decade on, we hear the same language and see the same military movements from the United States as it responds to the threat to all of us posed by the 'Islamic State' (IS) in Syria-Iraq."

 

 

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September 3, 2014

"Strengths and Weaknesses in the Palestinian Initiative"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Credible press reports and recent hints by Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas both indicate that Abbas will soon unveil a new diplomatic initiative aimed at achieving Palestinian statehood, and the end of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. As is usually the case with this kind of political development by the Palestinian leadership, it includes very sensible and very foolish elements, which diminishes its chances of success."

 

 

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August 30, 2014

"Panic or a Coming of Age in the Gulf?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

The apparent air strike against targets in Tripoli, Libya last week by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) air force must go down as one of the most intriguing developments in the modern history of the Arab Gulf states. The fact that UAE planes allegedly used Egyptian air bases and other facilities to carry out the attack makes it even more intriguing — a sign of substantive, sophisticated cooperation by two Arab states to attack targets in a third Arab state.

 

 

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August 27, 2014

"Antidote to the Islamic State Threat"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The debates now taking place about the IS phenomenon and threat focus on who is to blame for allowing it to develop, how widely will IS spread territorially, and how much support does IS enjoy around the region in lands where it does not control territory? All this is important, but the most terrifying aspect of the IS phenomenon is not about the extremist young men who gravitate to its call, but rather about the factors across the Arab region and beyond that allowed it to come into being in the first place — factors that continue to shape our troubled region today."

 

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