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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

U.S. Department of State

September 13, 2014

"Hard to Be Confident in the Coalition-to-Come"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"I dearly wish that the 'Islamic State' (IS) will be contained and then defeated by the many countries and non-governmental armed groups who say they are committed to achieving that goal. From the evidence to date, it is hard to be confident that the American-led coalition under construction will be the effective vehicle to do that, which is a very uncomfortable feeling."

 

 

U.S. Army

September 6, 2014

"We Do Not Need a Rerun of the War on Terror"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"I have the uncomfortable feeling this week that we may be at the beginning of a replay of that period in 2001-2003 when the United States launched a 'global war on terror' to defeat Al-Qaeda and its brand of terrorism. A decade later, the U.S. and U.K. led an attack on Iraq with a 'coalition of the willing,' and now, another decade on, we hear the same language and see the same military movements from the United States as it responds to the threat to all of us posed by the 'Islamic State' (IS) in Syria-Iraq."

 

 

Getty Images

August 27, 2014

"Antidote to the Islamic State Threat"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The debates now taking place about the IS phenomenon and threat focus on who is to blame for allowing it to develop, how widely will IS spread territorially, and how much support does IS enjoy around the region in lands where it does not control territory? All this is important, but the most terrifying aspect of the IS phenomenon is not about the extremist young men who gravitate to its call, but rather about the factors across the Arab region and beyond that allowed it to come into being in the first place — factors that continue to shape our troubled region today."

 

 

Getty Images

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."

 

 

AP Images

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."

 

 

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."

 

 

Creative Commons

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."

 

 

Creative Commons

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."

 

 

Creative Commons

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.

 

 

U.S. Department of Defense

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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