Belfer Center Home > People > Rami Khouri

« Back to Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Contact:
Email: rgkhouri@gmail.com

 

 

By Date

 

2010 (continued)

December 13, 2010

American Mediation Faces Its Biggest Test

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BOSTON -- The American government decision earlier this week to change its approach to mediating an Arab-Israeli comprehensive peace agreement, by dropping its insistence on an Israeli freeze in settlement construction as a prerequisite for moving ahead, confirms several important things. It proves that the United States can be decisive, persistent, realistic, patient, pragmatic and humble -- all admirable and important qualities in a mediator. The problem is that the United States has proven again that the most important attribute for a mediator is the one it has never mastered in recent years: success.

 

 

December 8, 2010

Don’t Dissolve, Rejuvenate the PA

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BOSTON -- The latest pronouncements of the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, that he would consider dissolving the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the current stalled peace negotiations with Israel do not move ahead, is more bizarre than brazen. It is understandable that he is frustrated and groping for alternatives to his current failed policy, but what he proposes is simply silly and regrettable.

 

 

December 6, 2010

The United States, Iran, Disney, and Diplomacy…

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

TAMPA, Florida -- The negotiations that resume in Geneva this week between Iran and an American-led group of mostly Western nations represent another important opportunity to find that elusive middle ground between the concerns of both sides where they can reach agreement on a series of issues, including but not exclusively Iran’s development of nuclear technology. I happened to be in Orlando and Tampa, Florida for lectures and a few days vacation this week on the eve of the talks. Orlando is best known for Disney World, and Tampa is the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command that manages all military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, including the two ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

 

December 1, 2010

The Sad Loss of National Dignity

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK -- It is sad and shocking -- pitiful, even, in many cases -- how many Arab leaders are portrayed in the U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks earlier this week. A few points about the conduct of Arab leaders come to mind, as we learn new details of what they thought, said and did in various diplomatic moments. These points are about competence, accountability, truthfulness and dignity in the realm of leadership, or, as we have here, the shortages of these qualities in so many cases.

 

 

November 29, 2010

The Easiest Job in the World

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- I think I became a journalist in the Middle East because it was the easiest job in the world, requiring very little actual work, minimum initiative, and no serious expenditure of creativity, energy or intellect. I am reminded of these things this week when I see yet again that being a journalist and columnist in the Middle East is so easy because all the work a serious journalist normally would have to do is done for him or her around here. The stories and analyses all write themselves, given the extraordinary range of conflicts, tensions and problems that define this region and beg for exposure, narration and analysis.

 

 

November 24, 2010

Guide to the Young Arab World

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- I was struck this week by the contrast between two phenomena that I have been following in the course of my daily work and personal interests: on the one hand, major and often disruptive political events around the Middle East that capture much attention and can create tension and conflict for short periods of time; and, on the other hand, a more subtle and nuanced exploration of the mindsets and perceptions of young men and women in the Arab world whose attitudes and actions will be far more important determinants of this region’s future prospects than any immediate political event.

 

 

November 22, 2010

Growing Up: Americans Reassess Iran

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- From the late 1960s to the early 2000s, the central conflict in the Middle East that spilled over to influence many other domestic and regional issues was the Arab-Israeli conflict, which for most of that period overlapped with the United States-Soviet Union Cold War. In the past decade, the confrontational center of gravity in the Middle East has shifted somewhat to include a new dynamic that sees Iran and some Arab allies together forming a “deterrence and resistance front” that both confronts and engages with the United States, Israel and some conservative Arab parties. As the Iranian-led defiance of the U.S. has linked with the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, it has become far more difficult for any would-be diplomat and conflict-resolver to achieve a breakthrough on any of the many regional conflicts.

 

 

November 17, 2010

The Gap Between Elections and Change

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

AMMAN -- Three Arab countries that should have very lively political cultures -- Jordan, Bahrain and Egypt -- have either just held parliamentary elections or will do so later this month. Having just witnessed the aftermath of the Jordanian vote in Amman, this strikes me as a timely moment to pause and assess precisely the positive and negative elements of these exercises.

 

 

November 15, 2010

Post-U.S. Election: More of the Same

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- If you’ve always wondered what Barack Obama really wants to do in the Middle East, your moment of revelation may be near, now that the American mid-term congressional elections have handed Obama and his Democratic Party an expected setback. Many of the rhetorical flourishes, speech-based initiatives and limited practical policy moves related to the Middle East that Obama has launched in his first two years will now face a much more rigorous test, as both foreign and domestic political conditions seem to be more challenging than ever for him and he will have to show some results if he wishes to be re-elected in 2012.

 

 

November 10, 2010

Take Note of Arab Youth Activism

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

DUBAI -- In the past few weeks I have had the pleasant and instructive experience of mixing with hundreds of mostly young Arabs at events in Doha, Dubai and Beirut that were related in one way or another to a fascinating new wave that seems to be gaining momentum as it moves across the region: entrepreneurship. This is a reason for both hope and concern, because entrepreneurship could either turn out to be a great boost that shatters old ways and propels a tired Arab world forward, or it could be another false hope that is unrealistically burdened with more expectations than it can handle.

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.