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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

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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

 

 

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2015

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August 29, 2015

"The many reasons why Lebanese are in the street"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Like most public political dramas across the Middle East, the current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues that have merged into one."

 

 

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August 26, 2015

"Food, fraternity and a suggestion for Tehran and Riyadh"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The ability of Iran to develop close strategic ties with some Arab parties in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine or Yemen, most notably, was due mainly to Tehran’s ability to exploit divisions and tensions within those Arab societies. The Saudi-led Arab Gulf states did the same thing. The minute that those troubled Arab lands fixed themselves — which has not happened yet — the window for regional or foreign powers to jump in and develop a foothold through strategic links with some of the warring Arab parties would close."

 

 

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August 22, 2015

"Regional war and a joyful August lunch chat"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"This destruction is painfully visible every day in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Bahrain, and Yemen, at the very least. This spectacle of multiple fragmenting states is bad enough; it is made even worse by the latest troubling development — it is too early to call it a trend — which is the spectacle of repeated bomb attacks and killings of government officials and security forces in three of the most important regional powers that should be stabilizing forces in the Middle East: Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia."

 

 

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August 19, 2015

"Syria’s fate risks repeating the catastrophe of 1920"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"As has long been the case throughout history, developments in Syria today reflect significant trends that pertain in other parts of the Arab world, especially Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Somalia, Palestine, and Lebanon. These lands share a common challenge and vulnerability that has plagued most of the Arab world, for most of the past century: the thin nature of Arab statehood, which is weakened from the bottom by the nonexistence of citizenship rights, distorted from the top by external interference by foreign powers, and mangled in the middle by generally mediocre and often brutal governments."

 

 

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August 15, 2015

"Kuwait, GCC again signal regional Arab challenges"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The good news from Kuwait this week is that security forces busted a terror cell that had a massive cache of weapons and explosives hidden in a farm in the Abdaly area north of Kuwait City, and arrested three Kuwaiti men who are accused of operating a terror cell. The bad news is that such terror cells appear to have become more common phenomena in Kuwait and other Gulf states."

 

 

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August 11, 2015

"Historic developments visible in Turkey-Syria"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The four separate armed attacks Monday against Turkish security forces and the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul are all repeat performances of similar attacks in recent years, so we can easily see this as simply another rough day for Turkey but not a pivotal moment of any sort. The situation deserves a closer look, I would argue, because the events Monday transcend domestic Turkish issues..."

 

 

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August 7, 2015

"Remembering Hiroshima, amidst hell in Syria"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Perhaps so much death and destruction take place around the Arab world, at the hands of Arabs, Israelis, Americans and others, because no serious process exists that holds individuals or governments accountable for the atrocities they commit. The International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir for war crimes a few years ago has never been followed up by a serious effort to bring him to court for a fair trial..."

 

 

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August 5, 2015

"Where there's smoke, there's Syria diplomacy"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Certainly the most fascinating diplomatic move this week was the tripartite meeting in Doha Monday among the American, Russian and Saudi foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Syria. This means they also must have discussed — take a deep breath here — Iran, Lebanon, Hizbollah, Turkey, Yemen, Iraq, three different Kurdish political/military organizations, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Hamas, Al-Qaeda, the United Arab Emirates military, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt and half a dozen other regional players who now play some role in the situation in and around Syria."

 

 

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July 29, 2015

"Can NATO militaries generate Mideast stability?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The agreement between Turkey and the United States on a yet-to-be-defined plan to establish a 60-mile-long zone in northern Syria adjacent to the frontier with Turkey anticipates that their troops, artillery, drones and jet fighters, working with selected Syrian rebels on the ground inside Syria, will keep the area free of “Islamic State” (IS) control. This move is at once decisive and dangerous. It positions two of the world’s and the region’s leading military powers, and NATO members, within half a dozen major local fighting forces of very different ideologies, and hundreds of smaller units with equally kaleidoscopic goals, identities and allegiances."

 

 

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July 25, 2015

"EU rightly separates Israel’s security from its colonial abuses"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Events related to the Iran nuclear technology/sanctions agreement, the war in Yemen, and the battle against the “Islamic State” tend to dominate the headlines from the Middle East these days, but behind the scenes significant developments related to the Arab-Israeli conflict continue to take place. The idea of a dramatic external intervention to resolve this conflict remains a distant possibility, including options like new and better mediation by a joint American-European combine, French support for a “relaunched” Arab Peace Initiative, or taking the conflict to the UN Security Council or General Assembly. As significant may be the slow but continuing moves by the European Union (EU) to differentiate between the security of the state of Israel within its pre-June 1967 borders and the actions of Israel as a colonial and occupying power in the territories seized in 1967."

 
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