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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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2009 (continued)

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April 1, 2009

"Israel’s Choke-Hold on America Loosens"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

In the United States these days, there is a slow but steady erosion of the once absolute taboo to speak out about the excessive influence of pro-Israeli groups on the country.

 

 

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March 30, 2009

"Six Strands of Contemporary Islam"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

When I hear people speak about “what’s wrong with Islam” or “Islam and the West,” my immediate response is to remind them that there is no such thing as a single “Islam” that can be diagnosed, analyzed or engaged as a monolithic whole.

 

 

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March 23, 2009

"Dialogue or Dictating to Iran?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

The American gestures to Iran seem sincere and serious, but from the Iranian perspective they still suffer from the persistent structural weakness of dictating the rules of the game to Iran and others in the Arab-Asian region.

 

 

March 18, 2009

"Criminally Unhelpful"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"It is bad enough when two of the world’s most powerful governments pull back from their previous positions of branding Israel’s contraventions of international law and UN resolutions as illegal and impermissible and instead call them “unhelpful” or just a threat to a lasting settlement. It is infinitely worse when the United States and the EU spend half their waking hours trying to spread democracy and the rule of law to the rest of the world while watering down a central Israeli contravention of the rule of international law."

 

 

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March 16, 2009

"Lingering Colonial Habits"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

It is now obvious that a once strict policy of isolating and opposing Islamist and other militant groups until they unilaterally changed their ways has not worked, and will not work.

 

 

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March 11, 2009

"Grand Bargaining and Basketball Trades"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

'Grand bargain' peacemaking in the greater Middle East region requires the sort of complex analysis leading to agreements that satisfy the needs of all sides, and Americans are very good at it -- in three-way professional sports trades.

 

 

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March 9, 2009

"The Promise of 'Normal Ties'"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Now that the United States has initiated diplomatic engagement with Syria and Iran, Damascus and Tehran will feel new pressure to say what they want -- rather than mainly to criticize the US and say what they reject.

 

 

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March 4, 2009

"Adults Acting Like Children"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Throwing large amounts of money into Palestinian reconstruction while reinforcing a political context that only perpetuates Israel's regular destruction of Palestinian institutions is wasteful folly at best, and complicity in criminality at worst."

 

 

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March 2, 2009

"Even America's Foes Want to Talk"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Middle East comprises the world’s oldest commercial bazaars and trade routes -- where foreign caravans and armies alike pass through on a regular basis, and the locals have learned that survival is usually enhanced by making deals with the foreigners for the mutual benefit of both sides."

 

 

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February 25, 2009

"Building Relations with Iran and Syria"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Reconnecting on the basis of a common commitment to respect, reciprocity and rights might offer a more effective path forward, if more mature officials in the United States, Iran and Syria risk attempting such an approach."

 

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