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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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Harvard–Belfer on Syria

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July 2, 2014

"The principle of survival defines the Middle East"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Any analyst or citizen of the countries of the Middle East quickly becomes dizzy these days in trying to find the start of a thread of ideas that could help explain the cataclysmic developments in Iraq and Syria, Lebanon, Palestine-Israel, Egypt, Libya, Kurdistan and other fractured and violent lands."

 

 

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June 14, 2014

"The ISIS peril clarifies what Arabs need"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The startling developments in northern Iraq, where the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has taken control of Mosul and other cities, highlights several troubling trends that have been evident across much of the Arab World for years."

 

 

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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."

 

 

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January 8, 2014

"This Post-Everything Middle East Moment"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"With daily car bombs, suicide bombers, assassinations, kidnappings, ethnic warfare and collapsing government control across the Middle East, we are moving into the post-everything moment of our modern history—post-colonial, post-nationalist, post-statehood, post-imperial, post-Islamist, post-revolutionary, post-developmental and post-modern."

 

 

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December 7, 2013

"The Menace of Militant Islamists in Syria"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The worsening situation in Syria threatens the Middle East in many ways that will continue to evolve in the months and years ahead, but perhaps the most troubling threat is the continued expansion of the hardline groups of Salafist-takfiri Islamists, such as Al-Nusra Front and The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), that have established themselves in parts of Syria."

 

 

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November 19, 2013

"Puzzled by Syria?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Four simultaneous trends seem to define the war in Syria these days, which only becomes more complicated and difficult to resolve with every passing week: persistent fighting on the ground, continued fragmentation of the country into self-governed zones, a worsening humanitarian tragedy that plagues Syria and its neighbors, and intensifying efforts to seek a political resolution of the conflict. Every aspect of Syria today is frightening and tragic, but also consequential for the region and the world, which is why it cannot be largely ignored, like some other local wars in Yemen, Somalia or even Iraq.

 

 

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November 7, 2013

"Is U.S. Policy in Syria Changing?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri examines the changing language and approach the U.S. has taken recently with regards to intervention in Syria.

 

 

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October 24, 2013

Putting Out the Syrian Fire

Op-Ed, New York Times

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Syrian conflict has become the world’s greatest proxy war since Vietnam. It reflects every major fault line that has defined the Middle East for the past half-century and has drawn in local, regional and global actors, many of whom see this as an existential fight that they cannot afford to lose."

 

 

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September 14, 2013

"New Order Being Born in Geneva"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"In these Geneva negotiations on Syria the world now will try to restore the functional authority of the UN Security Council as an instrument of international peace and security. Syria’s condition and its chemical weapons are the particular technical issues that have brought the Americans and Russians face-to-face in Geneva to thrash out a solution; but the bigger issue being negotiated is how the United States and Russia will work together in the UN Security Council to manage this crisis and others that may emerge around the world."

 

 

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September 11, 2013

"Seven Lessons to Learn in Syria"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The diplomatic and psychological thriller of the current announced plan by U.S. President Barack Obama to attack Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people has now been dramatically shaped by the Russian proposal for Syria to store its chemical weapons in Russian hands, destroy them, and join the international Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. This has elicited positive Syrian and American responses, from which we might draw some lessons so far."

 

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