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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

 

2016

Getty Images/Anwar Amro

April 20, 2016

"The delusion of copying Lebanon's political system"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"A flurry of press reports and analyses about the future of Syria, like the regular Elvis Presley sightings I always enjoy, are dramatic, captivating, slightly wondrous, and fill a basic psychological need. Most of what we hear about the future demographic configuration, borders, or ruling power structure of Syria is titillating speculation. The actual outcomes in Syria will reflect domestic, regional, and international factors that are all unknown today..."

 

 

AFP / Thomas Coex

April 12, 2016

Historic shifts in world’s view of Israel-Palestine

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

As Israelis and Palestinians continue to battle to the death in their contested land, it is important to note a historic shift in how the minds, hearts, and public politics of the world perceive the Palestine issue. . . . In many arenas and dimensions, far from dropping off the global political map, Palestinian rights are popping up in more venues around the world, with a regular public focus on countering and even sanctioning Zionist excesses and criminal actions, such as expropriating and colonizing occupied Arab lands.

 

 

Peter Macdiarmid

April 9, 2016

Persistent roots of Arab weakness and relinquished sovereignty

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

We are well into the start of the sixth year since uprisings and revolutions rocked parts of the Arab world in January-February 2011, and the balance sheet of achievements is very mixed, and mostly disappointing, beyond Tunisia. . . . The two most troubling aspects of what is going on in the other five countries that erupted into major street demonstrations and regime counter-attacks are the lack of any clear national consensus on how to govern the country, and the deep, militaristic interventions by foreign countries.

 

 

Getty Images / Amer Almohibany

March 30, 2016

"Russia, Palmyra, and the Syrian kaleidoscope"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The most useful analogy to describe the situation in Syria that keeps changing by the week is that of a kaleidoscope. With every turn, the elements comprising the image within the kaleidoscope change shape, place, and color— but they always end up in some kind of balanced relationship that gives the whole image integrity, symmetry and some temporary permanence. This is Syria today with its dozens of major political and military elements that change positions but always result in some kind of temporary balance of power..."

 

 

Getty Images / Delil Souleiman

March 29, 2016

"The threat and opportunity of Kurds in Syria"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Syria grapples with finding a formula that would maintain the external boundaries of the state while renegotiating internal territorial divisions, citizen rights, and identities. This occurs five years since the start of a violent series of conflicts that make it very difficult to return to the pre-war norm of a central government that dictated life, values, and power in every corner of the land."

 

 

Getty Images / Carl Court

March 29, 2016

"The painful lessons of Brussels seem hard to learn, so they continue"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Hundreds of thousands of desperate and dehumanized individuals transform their former local grumblings or security-forced passivity into a growing global network of terrorists and anarchists whose numbers are beyond the capacity of any intelligence system’s ability to monitor, arrest, prevent, or shut down."

 

 

Getty Images / Joseph Eid

March 19, 2016

"Will Lebanon face its immense climate change dangers?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The total potential annual costs of climate change direct damage impacts under the highest emissions scenario, the report says, would reach $2.8 billion a year by 2040 and a staggering $23 billion a year by 2080. The total cumulative costs of direct damage impacts and forgone economic growth potential would reach figures that are almost incomprehensible for a small state like Lebanon: $139 billion by 2080..."

 

 

Getty Images / Abdulmonam Eassa

March 16, 2016

"Glimpses into the top and bottom layers of war in Syria"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"This stark lesson in how history happens captures the hard realities of heartless foreign powers and helpless local citizens that have shaped the Arab world over many recent decades. These top and bottom levels of war’s impact help us make sense of what has been happening in the Arab world for decades now."

 

 

Getty Images / Drew Angerer

March 12, 2016

"Time for a sensible international effort on Israel-Palestine"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Obama administration appears determined to do something in its last year in office to maintain the hope that a negotiated peace agreement could be reached one day. The two main options, according to recurring news reports, seem to be a UN Security Council resolution or a presidential speech that locks in the two-state framework for a permanent peace accord."

 

 

Getty Images / Rhona Wise

March 5, 2016

"The end of American exceptionalism?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The consequence of all that has occurred in the presidential pre-contests to date should be significant, in several arenas. The most important one is that by revealing both the good and bad things about the United States, it shows what it really is: a unique, wealthy country with immense power, formidable technological and institutional assets, and impressive values that have been codified into law— mainly the principle of the consent of the governed — but also a country with a dark and dangerous side that accepts racism, bigotry, lying by public officials, hatred of foreigners, deceptive advertising, and using the military to carry out war crimes and other bad things around the world..."

 
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