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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

Creative Commons

April 17, 2014

"Cure Rot by Exposing It to Fresh Air"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the most fascinating but problematic recent incidents on the extent of allowable free speech in the United States took place this week when Brandeis University withdrew an invitation to the Somali-Dutch-American anti-Islamic firebrand Ayaan Hirsi Ali to give a speech and receive an honorary degree. After the university administration issued the invitation, over 80 Brandeis faculty sent a letter to the school’s president demanding the withdrawal of the invitation—which is what happened. The university invited her instead to speak on campus and engage in a public dialogue, which she declined."

 

 

Chaloub (AFP/Getty Image)

April 14, 2014

"Lebanon Rejoins the Arab World"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the gradual developments that has taken place over the past few years has been the almost total reversal of Lebanon’s place in geopolitics of the Middle East, which likely portends more years of stress and violence ahead."

 

 

AFP/AFP

April 8, 2014

"Another Hollow Arab ‘Reform’ Promise"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK—The humiliations and scorn that many Arab leaders heap on their populations seem to have no end. Despite a few Arab dictators having been toppled or challenged by their own disgruntled citizens, the remaining ones appear not to have learned any lessons, and persist in their cruel ways in one hapless country after another.

 

 

Pool, Getty Images News

April 8, 2014

"Hints for a Workable Negotiating ‘Framework’"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri discusses framework options for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to move forward.

 

 

Creative Commons

April 1, 2014

"Zionism’s Fanatics Face New Landscapes"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK—Consider these two incidents that occurred in the past few days in the United States and you should start to grasp the basic elements of a slow, subtle but steady and important shift that is taking place in the United States. It is happening in that arena where pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian sentiments express themselves in public, and seek to influence American government policy, mass media language and depictions, and even the decisions of churches and other non-government organizations like student and professional groups.

 

 

Creative Commons

March 28, 2014

"Please Spare Us the Gamal Abdel Nasser Imagery"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK—This week’s announcement by ex-Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi that he will run for the presidency of Egypt was fully expected since the massive, sustained cult-like hero worship campaign for him first materialized last June. This coincided with his decision to use the armed forces to remove from office the ex-elected President Mohammad Morsi, whose year in office revealed the weakness of the Muslim Brotherhood as a governing party.

 

 

March 22, 2014

"Our Many Ways of Death and Shame"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways…

Deliberate siege and starvation must be the worst way to die, and they are happening before our eyes in the Yarmouk region of Damascus that is mainly inhabited by Palestinian refugees, but also in other parts of Syria where government forces deny civilians access to food and medicine and inflict death by slow starvation..."

 

 

AP Images

March 15, 2014

"The Double Agony of Syria As Arab Mirror"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Perplexity and despair seem to be the two sentiments that most often define people’s attitudes about the mayhem in Syria. The fighting by an expanding range of Syrians, backed by a regional and global web of supporters, has reached barbaric proportions in some cases, with civilians largely paying the price. Refugees and displaced persons continue to grow and now account for some six million people. While efforts to find a diplomatic breakthrough continue through the Geneva talks process, and most interventions by outside forces focus on providing humanitarian aid to the millions of Syrians in need, a wider web of Arab, Middle Eastern and global actors pump in money and guns to keep the Syrian war going."

 

 

AP Images

March 12, 2014

"The Problem of Regional and Tribal Identities"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"In Libya and Yemen, two Arab countries that are experiencing complicated, slow-motion transitions to more representative and accountable rule, we can see most clearly a structural issue of troubled statehood that may also bedevil other Arab countries. This is the problem of strong regional or tribal identities that never fully accepted their inclusion in the independent Arab countries that came into being in the 20th Century"

 

 

Creative Commons

March 8, 2014

"The Unparalleled Magic of City and Stage"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK—Many significant things related to the Middle East and its relations with Western societies happened on Monday of this week, some more significant than others. Benjamin Netanyahu squaring off with Barack Obama. Egyptian policemen sentenced to jail for torturing to death Khalid Saeed three and a half years ago. The ageing Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika officially filing papers to run for a fourth consecutive term of office. Confirmation that Israeli settlements doubled last year to reach a 13-year high, and a dozen other significant news items from that day.

 

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