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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

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Email: rgkhouri@gmail.com

 

 

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February 4, 2015

"Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt Offer Real Choices"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The contrast this week between political decisions by the governments in Tunisia, Bahrain and Egypt capture vividly the two available pathways for Arab national development. For the first time ever in modern Arab history, Arab citizens across the region can witness how life, politics, and citizenship operate in two alternative systems based, respectively, on the rule of law and democratic pluralism, in the case of Tunisia, and on top-heavy, family-based, security-managed governance systems in most other Arab states, with Bahrain and Egypt offering the most recent unfortunate examples."

 

 

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December 20, 2014

"How Fares the Global War on Terror?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The more the Global War On Terror continues, the greater seems to be the expansion and impact of the very terror groups it seeks to defeat, with ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra being the most recent examples. During the last few months that I have spent in the United States, I have wondered, with growing perplexity, why there is so little discussion here of why the GWOT seems only to have sparked the continued birth and expansion of international militant and terror groups across the Arab-African-Asian region."

 

 

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December 17, 2014

"The Angels and Devils of Our Last Four Years"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"We have learned much about the Arab world in the last four years, including a combination of heroism and criminal deviance that both dwell deep within our societies. In fact, we have learned more about ourselves in these four years than we did in the preceding century — because this has been the only stretch of time in which history in the Arab region has been driven heavily, even primarily, by the actions and sentiments of its own ordinary men and women, rather than only by its narrow elites or foreign powers."

 

 

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May 19, 2014

"A Checklist for Arab Change"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The dizzying pace of events across the Arab World during this fourth year of continuous citizen protests for a better life sees a very wide variety of developments in different country circumstances. It is easy to become confused by the very erratic pattern of events, and even to write off the last three and a half years as a noble but failed attempt to end the long Arab nightmare of security-ruled, family-run states. One symptom of this is the mass popular embrace of former armed forces commander Field Marshall Abdel Fattah Sisi to become the new president of Egypt, seemingly a move back to military rule in a new guise."

 

 

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May 8, 2014

"Another Hollow Arab ‘Reform’ Promise"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK—The humiliations and scorn that many Arab leaders heap on their populations seem to have no end. Despite a few Arab dictators having been toppled or challenged by their own disgruntled citizens, the remaining ones appear not to have learned any lessons, and persist in their cruel ways in one hapless country after another.

 

 

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March 28, 2014

"Please Spare Us the Gamal Abdel Nasser Imagery"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK—This week’s announcement by ex-Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi that he will run for the presidency of Egypt was fully expected since the massive, sustained cult-like hero worship campaign for him first materialized last June. This coincided with his decision to use the armed forces to remove from office the ex-elected President Mohammad Morsi, whose year in office revealed the weakness of the Muslim Brotherhood as a governing party.

 

 

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March 12, 2014

"Salute Tunisia … and Emulate It"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri discusses the significance of the signing of Tunisia's new constitution, and its impact on the Arab World.

 

 

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January 29, 2014

"President Sisi Rides Precarious Passions into Office"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"It is fitting that Egyptian armed forces commander Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi has decided to assume the presidency of his country, because two of the three main problems that Egypt faces are a consequence of his own decisions during the past year. These are the massive schism in society between the Muslim Brotherhood that he banned and the rest of the country, and the continuing tradition of military control over civilian politics and national governance (the third problem is the chronic issue of economic growth that can create enough jobs for the two million + Egyptians born every year)."

 

 

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January 27, 2014

"The Graffiti Speaks Eloquently"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri reflects on the dynamics of Egypt in the run-up to the anniversary of the toppling of the Husni Mubarak regime.

 

 

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January 20, 2014

"Anthropology, Not Politics, Rules in Egypt"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The [new Egyptian] constitution was approved by an astounding, and totally expected, 98 percent of voters, for most of those who opposed it boycotted the process altogether, either from conviction or intimidation. The vast majority of international and local observers found almost nothing seriously wrong with the mechanics of the voting, so the 98 percent approval accurately reflects the sentiments of those who voted. Yet many observers criticized the wider political environment that did not permit a serious debate about the merits or the constitution or the unilateral political process that created it."

 

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