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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)

December 7, 2009

Is Turkey the Only Real Country in the Middle East?

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

ISTANBUL -- Every time I visit Turkey I ask myself what is it that makes me marvel at the many political and economic developments that make it stand out as the most impressive country in the greater Middle East. Watching Turkey's significant foreign policy initiatives these days to cement good relations with its neighbors, I think I understand why: This is the only country in the Middle East region that acts like a normal, mature country.

 

 

December 2, 2009

Crisis Brings Dubai a Political Challenge

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

DUBAI -- The recent opening of an exhibition of contemporary art at Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island arts and culture complex aptly captured the core issue related to the financial stress that sister emirate Dubai is experiencing. The exhibition is entitled "Disorientation II," which is a good description of what is going on in Dubai these days as it struggles to regain investor confidence while delaying repayment of tens of billions of dollars of debt.

 

 

November 30, 2009

From Biblical to Poker Principles

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement a few days ago that Israel would suspend all new housing construction in the occupied West Bank for ten months, while other building and colonial ventures continue, reminds us that we are passing through another episode of a long-running tale of biblical proportions: Arabs and Israelis reject or stall American peace-making efforts; stalemate ensues amidst mutual accusations of insincerity; Israel takes a unilateral initiative that many hail as a positive step, but that the Arabs see as not enough and mostly deception; and the conflict and stalemate persist for decades.

 

 

November 25, 2009

Monarchs, Mosques and Markets

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- After a recent series of visits to Arab countries with different political governance systems -- Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -- I realized that they reflect power structures defined by monarchical rule in Jordan and UAE, republicanism-turned-security state in Egypt, and consensual electoral tribalism in Lebanon. They also offer insights into a new pattern in the exercise of power in most Arab countries.

 

 

November 23, 2009

Hope for Palestinian-Lebanese Relations

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- The new Lebanese government would do well to put high on its agenda one of the chronic stress points in the country. It is one that now may see glimmers of hope of resolution: Palestinian-Lebanese relations. This is one of the thorniest issues in a country that has been one of the most turbulent areas in the Middle East for the past half-century. It would be totally irresponsible to allow it to simmer and keep boiling over now and then, when a resolution of long-standing disputes and fears appears more possible than ever.

 

 

November 18, 2009

Why Support for Palestine Ebbs

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

CAIRO -- The atmosphere in Cairo this week tells us much about the contemporary Arab world's view of the Palestine cause in relation to domestic issues in every Arab country. Ordinary Arabs and their governments alike seem fed up with the incompetence of the Palestinian leadership, while remaining strongly committed emotionally to the justice and rights of the Palestinian cause.

 

 

November 16, 2009

Palestinians Need Change -- Not Charades

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reverted to an old political trick by saying he will resign and not run for re-election when the next presidential elections are held in early 2010 – and then immediately arranging a series of staged “rallies” in which ordinary people appear to cheer him and demand that he remain in office. The spectacle is as disheartening as it is old and empty, and it is an insult to the dignity and needs of the Palestinian people.

 

 

November 11, 2009

The Wall Will Fall in the Arab World

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall a few days ago passed very quietly in the Arab World, because the meaning of the wall’s fall -- the transition from total state control to human freedom -- also bypassed the Arab World. Not the Islamic world, or the Middle East, but the Arab World.

 

 

November 9, 2009

Turning the Tables on Arab Police States

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- About once a year, I go through an intense week of meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences that invigorate my sense of optimism and confidence in the capacity of the Arab world to transform itself from a militarized and polarized showcase of turbulence, abuse of power and vulnerability, to a condition of productive, creative decency, dignity and stability. Well, I just went through another one of those weeks. It was rather exhilarating, and also an important indicator of what is happening in our region that foreign observers and officials would do well to understand better.

 

 

November 4, 2009

Bad Month for Middle East Peace

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- In baseball three strikes mean you are out, but in American foreign policy in the Middle East three strikes seem to mean business as usual. In the past few days and weeks, the United States has made three very controversial moves related to Arab-Israeli issues that generate widespread skepticism and anguish -- though their total significance remains difficult to gauge, because this depends on whatever else the US may do in the weeks and months ahead.

 

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