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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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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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October 15, 2014

"Refugees Themselves Can Crack This Tough Nut"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Palestinian unity technocratic government that held its first meeting in war-torn Gaza on Thursday marked several significant if symbolic realities, the most important being the need to unify all Palestinians under a single legitimate leadership. It could be an important first step in a historic series of actions that are needed to address the visible weaknesses in the Palestinian national condition."

 

 

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October 11, 2014

"Three Questions to Ask Before Unleashing the Military"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The American-led air attacks against ISIS in Iraq and Syria have triggered new debates in the United States about how the U.S. should respond to this and other challenges in faraway lands that may or may not directly threaten American interests. I have had enjoyable and substantive discussions with students and faculty at the University of Oklahoma this week, in which this question has come up repeatedly — and understandably so, given that most Americans had felt that their country was withdrawing from its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rather than re-engaging in new combat action."

 

 

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October 8, 2014

"Thank You, Sweden, for the Rule of Law Reminder"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The announcement by the new center-left government in Stockholm last Friday that it intended to recognize a state of Palestine should trouble the Israeli government and all those Zionists who assume that the current situation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can remain as it is indefinitely. The Swedish announcement at one level is just one more sign of the political and popular opinion trends around the world that continue to show support for a two-state solution that treats Israelis and Palestinians equally."

 

 

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October 4, 2014

"How to Assess Fragmenting Arab States"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

One of the most significant common factors that has exploded throughout the Arab World in recent years has been the birth and spread of non-state actors — organizations, parties, militias — that have assumed the role of traditional governments in many countries. These non-state actors do not follow a single pattern of behavior, but they do highlight a common trend across much of the Arab World — the continuing fragmentation of once whole states into a patchwork of armed groups that operate within the borders of once sovereign countries.

 

 

October 1, 2014

Desperate Netanyahu Sticks to Old Lies

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the UN General Assembly Monday may go down in retrospect as a sign of two linked issues: how badly out of touch he is with the rest of the world, and how the traditional Zionist use of scare tactics to maintain virtually absolute American support for any Israeli action is steadily wearing thin."

 

 

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Septembere 27, 2014

Palestine's Moral Force Needs Diplomatic Power

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly Friday was expected to launch a process that combines wishes with threats. Both sides of that equation show why the Palestinian leadership under Abbas, and Yasser Arafat previously, has achieved virtually nothing in the last two decades since the Oslo Accords launched the Palestinian Authority experiment."

 

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