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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

 

2015

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April 18, 2015

"Our homemade weapons of our own mass destruction"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"If there is one reason above others that helps explain the many situations of armed conflict, political violence and state collapse across the Arab world, it must be that tens of millions of hopeless young men wander through their own societies like ghosts, unable to enjoy either satisfying employment or meaningful citizenship. The supply of young men, some as young as 14 years old, who are eager to join armed groups, criminal cults, and extremist militias is staggering, as we witness in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya and pockets of other countries across the region..."

 

 

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April 15, 2015

"Critical decisions ahead for the United States and Iraq"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Iraq is no longer mainly about Iraq, but also impacts conditions in five key neighbors: Syria, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Whether the impact will be positive or negative will be determined to a large extent by whether the United States and Iraq respond to Iraq’s basket of challenges, which are hard because they comprise multiple, interlocking sectoral issues and threats..."

 

 

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April 11, 2015

"A Question About Policy in Yemen"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"So here is this week’s brainteaser about the endearing world of American foreign policy in the Middle East. What should we make of the juxtaposition of three dimensions of U.S. policy on display today — the U.S. president’s sensible statement that the real threat to Arab states, including across the Gulf, is as much from their internal political and socio-economic stresses as it is from external sources like Iran; the defense secretary’s acknowledgment that Al-Qaeda is expanding its areas of control in Yemen in the midst of the current domestic and regional wars there; and, the active American support for the war effort in Yemen that seems to promote the first two problems?"

 

 

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April 8, 2015

"Iran accord could spark momentous regional changes"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The consummation of a full, multi-decade agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers, based on last week’s agreed parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, is likely to have monumental consequences — mostly for the better — across the entire Middle East. I base this expectation on one important historical analogy, and on several possible — I believe, likely — developments related to domestic, Gulf-wide, Mideast regional and international dynamics."

 

 

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April 4, 2015

"Rare courage, respect, reciprocity drove Iran deal"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The agreed parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program that were reached Thursday between Iran and the P5+1 powers represent a monumental achievement that affirms the power of reason and diplomacy over the ravages of fear and warfare."

 

 

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April 1, 2015

"Yemen war is debatable, but probably historic"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Analysts and ideologues will long, actively and inconclusively debate the actual reasons and possible consequences of the Saudi Arabian-led war in Yemen, until the passage of a meaningful period of time — usually a few generations or so around here — allows us to note in retrospect the actual consequences of state actions."

 

 

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March 28, 2015

"Four Active Arab Wars Stem from a Common Malaise"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The latest active war in the Middle East, the Saudi Arabian-led assault on Yemen to prevent the Houthi movement from taking full control of the entire country by force, has triggered a fascinating legal and ideological debate about the legitimacy and efficacy of this venture. The significance of this war in Yemen is not really about the legally authorized use of force to ensure a calm Arab future. Rather, it is mainly a testament to the marginalization of the rule of law — and not its affirmation — in many Arab countries in our recent past."

 

 

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March 25, 2015

"The United States Should Now Respond to the Arab Peace Plan"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"What should Israel, the Palestinians and the world make of the statement by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that the United States expects the next Israeli government to end nearly 50 years of occupation and clear the way for a Palestinian state?"

 

 

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March 21, 2015

"One Arena and Two Players"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"We should keep our eyes on one arena and two actors now in any serious assessment of the repercussions of the national election in Israel this week that resulted in a strong victory by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and a consolidation of rightwing sentiments: Israeli-American relations is the critical arena, and the European and Palestinian leaderships are the two pivotal actors to watch."

 

 

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March 18, 2015

"Four Middle East Cities Today Might Define Our Fate"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"When historians look back on the Middle East decades from now, they might find that trends in this region after 2015 were determined by the outcome of four seminal issues and battles that are in play this month."

 

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