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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Contact:
Email: rgkhouri@gmail.com

 

Experience

Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth. He is director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. His journalistic work includes writing books and an internationally syndicated column, and he also serves as editor at large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper.

He spent the 2001–2002 academic year as a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University and was appointed a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. He is a research associate at the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict at the Maxwell School,  Syracuse University (NY, USA), a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Jerusalem), and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. He also serves on the board of  the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

He was executive editor of the Daily Star newspaper in 2003–2005, and before that had been editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years, when he also wrote for many years from Amman, Jordan for leading international publications, including the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. For 18 years he was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, in Amman, and in recent years served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites. He has hosted programs on archaeology, history, and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan. He often comments on Mideast issues in the international media and lectures frequently at conferences and universities throughout the world.

He has BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University

 

 

By Date

 

2014

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November 22, 2014

"The Cycle of Death Is No Surprise"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The last few weeks’ escalating cycle of tensions, Israeli settlements expansions, murderous attacks by both Israelis and Palestinians, and reprisal demolitions of Palestinian homes may well escalate into something much more vicious and terrible, but it is hard to see what such an escalation would achieve. We have witnessed such cycles many times in the past 66 years, since Israel was created and the Palestinians experienced forced exile, refugeehood and occupation."

 

 

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November 19, 2014.

"Only Active Citizens Can Save Their Precious States"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the most fascinating issues that defines the Arab world today is the precarious status of half a dozen countries that run the risk of collapsing or fragmenting into smaller units. Media speculation, politicians’ comments and serious scholarly deliberations all address the possibility that countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya could fracture and give birth to smaller statelets that are largely based on ethnic, tribal or sectarian identities, much like Yugoslavia split up into several smaller countries in the 1990s."

 

 

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November 12, 2014

"Is Jerusalem the Last Battle?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The escalating isolated incidents of violence between Israelis and Palestinians during the past few months have focused heavily on Jerusalem, and for good reason. The reason is not only the religious significance of the Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount area that is holy to both people; it is that Jerusalem today is a microcosm of the whole Zionism-Arabism conflict, and a replay of the nationalist contestation that Zionism won in the period from the 1930s to 1948."

 

 

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November 8, 2014

"Impressive Citizenship in Professor Horn's Class in Boston"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri reflects on citizenship, youth in the United States, and America's role in the Middle East.

 

 

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November 5, 2014

"President Rivlin’s Important, Intriguing Gesture"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Khouri highlights and analyzes Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's recent visit to the town of Kafr Qassim, where 49 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli police on October 28, 1956.

 

 

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November 1, 2014

"Egypt Follows US and Israeli Failed Strategies"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the most troubling aspects of the phenomenon of militant Salafist-takfiri groups like ISIS is the appearance of smaller groups across the Arab world that share ISIS’ ideology and methods, and in several cases have sworn allegiance to it. This is no surprise. In the past 70 years or so we have often seen similar local conditions and grievances in different countries lead to the same kinds of reactions among local populations who often use Islam as a motivating, legitimizing and mobilizing force. This happened with Muslim Brotherhood-like groups since the 1950s, nationalist military resistance movements like Hamas and Hizbullah, non-violent Salafists in the last decade, and now the violent Salafist-takfiris like ISIS."

 

 

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October 29, 2014

"Lessons from the Historic Tunisian Elections"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Khouri analyzes the exceptional nature of Tunisia's most recent elections, pointing to critical factors that led to Tunisia's unique success post-Arab Spring. Specifically, Khouri points to Nidaa Tounes's success in cementing a centrist coalition, leading to their electoral victory, while he also asserts that Ennahda has learned its lesson of democratic accountability.

 

 

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October 25, 2014

"The Rule of Law Triumphs — sort of — in the USA"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The conviction in a Washington, D.C. court Wednesday of four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards for their roles in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and 17 other wounded is a small, symbolic and perhaps significant act of justice in a much bigger and unresolved drama of death, destruction and impunity. The significance is that some Americans and British who invaded Iraq on false pretense and killed many innocent Iraqis have been held accountable by a jury of their peers in a court of law, and they may be punished with long jail sentences."

 

 

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October 22, 2014

"ISIS is the Latest of Many Different Islamisms"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The frightening rise and expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which has now triggered yet another round of American-led foreign military attacks in the Levant, continues to confound many in the region and around the world. Many ask: Where did these killers come from and where do they aim to go? These issues will be clarified in the months and perhaps years ahead, but one aspect of ISIS should be crystal clear to anyone who has made even a cursory review of Islamist movements in the Middle East in the past two generations."

 

 

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October 18, 2014

"New Hare-brained American Ideas in the Mideast"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He said that the United States is not coordinating with the Free Syrian Army, and instead plans to develop from scratch new local ground units in Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS on two fronts."

 

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