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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

 

 

By Date

 

2014

September 10, 2014

"Polarization and Solidarity Coexist in Arab Societies"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Never in the modern history of the Middle East have so many countries experienced such intense, often violent, domestic conflict or political paralysis. The ongoing wars or severe ideological confrontations in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, and Bahrain have sparked a new industry in explaining what is really going on in this region: Sykes-Picot-crafted artificial borders collapsing, Shia-Sunni and/or Saudi Arabian-Iranian tensions sparking proxy wars, or failed state-centered nationalism being replaced by sectarian identities."

 

 

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August 30, 2014

"Panic or a Coming of Age in the Gulf?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

The apparent air strike against targets in Tripoli, Libya last week by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) air force must go down as one of the most intriguing developments in the modern history of the Arab Gulf states. The fact that UAE planes allegedly used Egyptian air bases and other facilities to carry out the attack makes it even more intriguing — a sign of substantive, sophisticated cooperation by two Arab states to attack targets in a third Arab state.

 

 

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August 27, 2014

"Antidote to the Islamic State Threat"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The debates now taking place about the IS phenomenon and threat focus on who is to blame for allowing it to develop, how widely will IS spread territorially, and how much support does IS enjoy around the region in lands where it does not control territory? All this is important, but the most terrifying aspect of the IS phenomenon is not about the extremist young men who gravitate to its call, but rather about the factors across the Arab region and beyond that allowed it to come into being in the first place — factors that continue to shape our troubled region today."

 

 

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August 6, 2014

"Revived PLO is Now a Top Priority"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The most important political action the Palestinians should take now is to rapidly reconstitute the institutions of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), so that Palestinians speak with one voice and benefit from the total backing of the eight million or so Palestinians around the world."

 

 

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August 2, 2014

"A Ceasefire Would Beckon Real Leaders to Act"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire that went into effect in Gaza and Israel Friday morning — for half an hour, before collapsing into total war — should remind us what is needed to quickly shift the focus of discussion and analysis about the Israel-Palestine conflict into the rather convoluted realm of many political actors and their strategic aims, all of which are constantly evolving..."

 

 

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July 30, 2014

"From Biblical Wars to Justice for All"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"A press report earlier this week said that an Israeli military task force that had studied the network of tunnels that Hamas has built in recent years to infiltrate their fighters into Israel was “stunned by the sophistication” of the extent and complexity of the tunnels system. In turn, I am stunned that the Israelis were stunned, because they seem unable to grasp the nature of the conflict they are engaged in against all Palestinians."

 

 

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July 26, 2014

"Resolving Gaza Starts from 1947-48"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Palestinian resistance groups fighting from Gaza, and the thousands of Palestinians demonstrating in the West Bank, are the direct descendants of Palestinians who were made homeless and stateless due to the birth of Israel in 1947-48. Grasping and resolving these root issues is very hard to do for Zionists and Israelis, who refuse to acknowledge their major role in the refugeehood of the Palestinians, along with ignoring that no peace will come to anyone unless the 1947-48 root causes of conflict are resolved equitably."

 

 

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July 23, 2014

"Washington Absurdity, Arab Helplessness"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd should create a prize for this and offer the inaugural one to John Kerry during his stay in Cairo today. Washington’s quest for a ceasefire in Gaza while wholeheartedly supporting and arming Israel’s onslaught against Palestinian civilians reflects the frightening extent of bankrupt Arab diplomacy and exercise of sovereign power as much as it reflects the true nature of American government siding with Israel."

 

 

July 18, 2014

"The Three Dimensions of War"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"What does Israel expect to achieve by attacking Gaza with a large land force, following ten days of attacking from the air and suffering Palestinian counter-attacks by far less effective small rockets? After every Israeli war and invasion that kills hundreds of Palestinians and destroys key elements of the civilian infrastructure, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other resistance groups regroup, replenish their military supplies, increase their technical capabilities and prepare for the next round of fighting with Israel."

 

 

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July 15, 2014

"A Century of Zionist-Palestinian Wars"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Words matter, they help us better understand our world and ourselves, especially at complex times such as this latest round of military attacks by Israelis and Palestinians. The prevalent global description and analysis of the fighting is inadequate for anyone who seeks seriously to grasp the three critical dimensions of the fighting — its causes, nature, and consequences."

 

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