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Rami G. Khouri
By Rami G. Khouri - Jan 18,2018
The crushing irony for Palestinians today is that their cause remains widely supported by over 120 governments and billions of ordinary men and women around the world, yet the Palestinian leadership is a case study in hapless incompetence that verges on national shame.
By Rami G. Khouri - Jan 11,2018
Of the many fascinating reports in Michael Wolff’s "Fire and Fury" book on the Donald Trump White House, perhaps most troubling for Americans and for the world were the new insights into how the United States today shapes its Middle East policies.
By Rami G. Khouri - Dec 14,2017
Does it make any difference that the 57 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) unanimously declared a few days ago that Arab East Jerusalem is the occupied capital of a Palestinian state, in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem
By Rami G. Khouri - Dec 07,2017
For all its drama, controversy, and importance, the expected American government decision this week to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and perhaps move its embassy must be appreciated within the wider context of how Washington makes Middle East policy decisi
By Rami G. Khouri - Nov 30,2017
It has been a full century since the birth of the state system of the modern Arab world, largely at the hands of foreign powers, and anyone who wishes to keep track of its turbulent changes today must watch Syria most of all.Syria is not the most powerful country in the region, g
By Rami G. Khouri - Nov 02,2017
The United States and many Arab governments are looking at the really big challenges they face in our region — and then simply leapfrogging them and venturing into make-believe new worlds where everything is easy, clean and modern.In Arab countries, this trend is primarily repres
By Rami G. Khouri - Oct 12,2017
As the whirlwind of dozens of major and minor players that interact and battle one another across the Middle East continues unabated, the same players also criss-cross the world to explore new strategic or tactical alliances.The political dynamics of the Middle East have been tot
By Rami G. Khouri - Oct 05,2017
A new public opinion poll in the Arab Gulf region reminds us again of a cardinal truth about political realities in the Arab region: make sure to listen to what ordinary people feel, more than you listen to what local or foreign governments say.I was reminded of this while r
By Rami G. Khouri - Sep 14,2017
For the past six months or so, twice a week the regional and international media have warned about the looming risk of war between some combination of Israel, Iran, Hizbollah, Syria and Arab- or Iranian-backed popular militias.The stories’ frequency and regularity are striking, a
By Rami G. Khouri - Aug 17,2017
If you were looking for a single moment that captured the peculiar nature of leadership and how history is determined in the Arab region today, it would be the meeting that took place a few weeks ago between the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman, and the populist



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