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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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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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November 30, 2013

"Again in Egypt, Old Men’s Guns vs. Civil Rights"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"We will know in the coming months whether the current “second chance” roadmap to constitutional reform in Egypt achieves that transition to democratic legitimacy that was mismanaged in the two years after the overthrow of the Hosni Mubarak regime. Equally significant in the short term is the current tension in Egypt revolving around the growing resistance to the transitional government’s new laws restricting public demonstrations and allowing civilians to be tried in military courts."

 

 

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October 4, 2013

"Tunisia Continues to Lead the Way"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri discusses Tunisia's notable yet often understated progress on the road to democracy.

 

 

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September 24, 2013

"Egypt’s Choice: Constitutionalism or Imbecility"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"An Egyptian court’s decision Monday to ban all activities in the country by the Muslim Brotherhood is the kind of foolish act that autocratic governments take when they do not know how to engage in a process of democratic pluralism and seek refuge in their mistaken sense of infallibility. The real issue at hand is not a decision by a minor court regarding the legality of the Muslim Brotherhood’s registration last March; it is rather about the ongoing attempt by the armed forces and allied political groups to eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood from the public scene in Egypt."

 

 

October 26, 2011

"An Arab Birth Worth Celebrating"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

I celebrated two birthdays this past weekend, first my own biological birthday and then the political birth of the modern Arab world on Sunday, when Tunisians voted for their new 217-seat national assembly, or provisional parliament. Human birthdays occur every year, but the birth of the modern Arab world happens once in a lifetime, and it is exhilarating to watch the process unfold day by day. The significance and symbolism of the Tunisian election cannot be over-emphasized.

 

 

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November 24, 2008

"Somali Piracy Reflects a Troubling World"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Human beings should have as much right to security and the protection of the rule of law as ships carrying oil, tanks, cars and tennis shoes. That is a resonate lesson behind the Somali piracy -- at least in the Arab world."

 

 

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September 3, 2008

"Elegant Colonialism"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

It seems quite obvious to many of us that Italy's new agreement with Libya -- with its explicit apology and reparations for the colonial era -- is a new and disguised form of colonialism.

 

 

September 8, 2007

Power and Sanctions or Law and Life?

Magazine or Newspaper Article

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

The United Nations should thoroughly review its optimum role in a transforming world, because its existing contradictory policies risk damaging its credibility and efficacy for years to come.

 

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October 29, 2008

"Six for Six"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Somalia seems to offer more intriguing evidence about how governments often must come to terms with militias, insurgent forces and other such informal armed groups in countries around the Arab-Asian region -- and the roles these entities play where formal governments appears unable to deliver the basic requirements of statehood."

 

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