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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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International Security

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July 20, 2013

"Kerry Deserves Support -- and a Better Strategy"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The final points that must be agreed for a negotiation to start are so central to the entire peace-making process -- borders, recognition, refugees, Jerusalem -- that an inability even to start discussions bodes ill for the prospects of actually reaching an agreement. Also, the proposed solutions to bridging the gaps between the two sides are so deeply embellished in make-believe romanticism and evading reality that they only postpone the deal-breaking disagreements to come -- just kicking the can down the road, in effect."

 

Middle East Initiative

Creative Commons

April 17, 2014

"Cure Rot by Exposing It to Fresh Air"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the most fascinating but problematic recent incidents on the extent of allowable free speech in the United States took place this week when Brandeis University withdrew an invitation to the Somali-Dutch-American anti-Islamic firebrand Ayaan Hirsi Ali to give a speech and receive an honorary degree. After the university administration issued the invitation, over 80 Brandeis faculty sent a letter to the school’s president demanding the withdrawal of the invitation—which is what happened. The university invited her instead to speak on campus and engage in a public dialogue, which she declined."

 

 

Chaloub (AFP/Getty Image)

April 14, 2014

"Lebanon Rejoins the Arab World"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the gradual developments that has taken place over the past few years has been the almost total reversal of Lebanon’s place in geopolitics of the Middle East, which likely portends more years of stress and violence ahead."

 

 

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April 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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April 8, 2014

"Hints for a Workable Negotiating ‘Framework’"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri discusses framework options for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to move forward.

 

 

Creative Commons

April 1, 2014

"Zionism’s Fanatics Face New Landscapes"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK—Consider these two incidents that occurred in the past few days in the United States and you should start to grasp the basic elements of a slow, subtle but steady and important shift that is taking place in the United States. It is happening in that arena where pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian sentiments express themselves in public, and seek to influence American government policy, mass media language and depictions, and even the decisions of churches and other non-government organizations like student and professional groups.

 

 

Creative Commons

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.

 

 

March 22, 2014

"Our Many Ways of Death and Shame"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways…

Deliberate siege and starvation must be the worst way to die, and they are happening before our eyes in the Yarmouk region of Damascus that is mainly inhabited by Palestinian refugees, but also in other parts of Syria where government forces deny civilians access to food and medicine and inflict death by slow starvation..."

 

 

AP Images

March 15, 2014

"The Double Agony of Syria As Arab Mirror"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Perplexity and despair seem to be the two sentiments that most often define people’s attitudes about the mayhem in Syria. The fighting by an expanding range of Syrians, backed by a regional and global web of supporters, has reached barbaric proportions in some cases, with civilians largely paying the price. Refugees and displaced persons continue to grow and now account for some six million people. While efforts to find a diplomatic breakthrough continue through the Geneva talks process, and most interventions by outside forces focus on providing humanitarian aid to the millions of Syrians in need, a wider web of Arab, Middle Eastern and global actors pump in money and guns to keep the Syrian war going."

 

 

AP Images

March 12, 2014

"The Problem of Regional and Tribal Identities"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"In Libya and Yemen, two Arab countries that are experiencing complicated, slow-motion transitions to more representative and accountable rule, we can see most clearly a structural issue of troubled statehood that may also bedevil other Arab countries. This is the problem of strong regional or tribal identities that never fully accepted their inclusion in the independent Arab countries that came into being in the 20th Century"

 

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