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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)

September 30, 2009

Partnering for Progress in the Middle East

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- At almost every international or regional gathering these days on how to fix the assorted problems and deficiencies in the Middle East, a common theme keeps popping up: What is the most effective and legitimate way for foreign parties -- governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities or companies -- to help achieve advances in areas like human rights, economic growth, social protection, democratization, or technological advancement?

 

 

September 28, 2009

The UNRWA at 60

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

UNITED NATIONS, New York City -- Activities at UN headquarters in New York City Thursday commemorating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) coincided with the latest political developments revolving around the meeting last Tuesday of US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas. Political leaders on all fronts have wildly failed the Palestinian and Israeli people’s right to live in secure, stable societies, while the thousands of UNRWA employees have consistently made sure that millions of politically abandoned and physically vulnerable refugees receive the basic services and common decencies that are the birthright of every human being.

 

 

September 21, 2009

Souvenir Photo at the UN

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- No concrete results are expected from the September 22 meeting at the United Nations among US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (I write this the morning of the 22nd in Beirut, before the meeting takes place). This marks the end of phase 1 of Obama’s intriguing foray into Arab-Israeli peace-making.

 

 

September 21, 2009

Climate Change in the Arab World

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

COPENHAGEN -- The amount and quality of available scientific data on the global impact of climate change is staggering -- as I rediscovered at a seminar organized by the Danish foreign ministry in Copenhagen this week. The debate that swirled around the issues of climate change and global warming just two or three years ago has vanished. There is much more certainty now on the nature and extent of the changes to the Earth’s climate that can be attributed to the impact of human activity, mainly the burning of fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases.

 

 

September 16, 2009

Going All the Way with Iran

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK -- The United State is juggling four critical and increasingly linked foreign policy issues in Palestine/Israel, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, but seems to be making little headway as we approach critical junctures in all four. A different approach seems worth pondering.

 

 

September 14, 2009

Thoughts While Flying to New York on September 11, 2009

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK -- I marked the eighth anniversary Friday of the 9/11 terror attack in the United States by flying from Beirut to New York -- apt symbols of their wider American and Arab societies that in so many sectors are locked in an ongoing confrontation that includes the use of violence by both sides. This day of remembrance occurred at a time when the United States was refocusing seriously on waging the hitherto inconclusive “global war on terror” in Afghanistan.

 

 

September 9, 2009

Work to Do on West-Middle East Relations

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

HAMBURG, Germany -- I had the pleasure in Hamburg this week of sharing a panel discussion with two impressive people -- Iranian lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, and former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer. The gathering, sponsored by the Korber Foundation to discuss "The Future of the Middle East,",confirmed that we have much work to do on the issue of when, and whether, powerful Western countries have the responsibility and/or the right to intervene in the internal affairs of Third World countries.

 

 

September 2, 2009

Nothing to Celebrate in Libya Today

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

If there is a moment, a place, a person, and a legacy that come together to bring sadness to all Arabs, they are upon us this week in the 40th anniversary of the September 1, 1969 revolution that brought Col. Muammar Gaddafi to power. There is nothing to celebrate today in Libya, other than a colossal waste of that country's human and natural resources over four decades.

 

 

August 31, 2009

Sensible US Courage and Hapless US Imbecility

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- If you wait long enough, sensible things always happen in America, often among the armed forces’ senior command. One example was Commander of US Central Command General David Petraeus’ recent affirmation that resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict fairly is “very central” to the mission of American troops and diplomacy in the Middle East. This would create a much more favorable regional environment for the United States and its allies, dampen the appeal of militants and terrorist groups, and remove threats to American troops.

 

 

August 26, 2009

International Law, Torture and Accountability

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

GENEVA -- The decision this week by the United States’ top legal officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, to appoint a federal prosecutor to examine abuse of prisoners held by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a small step in a much bigger task that challenges all people and governments around the world: How to apply the rules of war in a reasonable and effective manner?

 

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