Rami G Khouri

Rami G Khouri is a senior public policy fellow in the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut and a nonresident senior fellow at Harward University Kennedy School.

Middle East

Will the GCC crisis be resolved soon?

Statements by Qatar's Sheikh Tamim and UAE and US officials signal a potential resolution of the crisis.


The turning point of the GCC crisis

A list of six broad principles issued by the Saudi-led group may initiate the resolution of the GCC crisis.


The GCC crisis: Draconian demands and juvenile politics

The GCC's latest ultimatum to Qatar reflects regional fantasy, rather than reality.


The Qatar-Gulf rift stems from fear

The UAE and Saudi leadership seem to have decided to make Qatar a scapegoat for their fears about regional changes.

Arab League

Arab summit: Arab leaders oblivious to Arab realities

The latest Arab summit ignored domestic deficiencies that undermine the unity and stability of many Arab countries.


Time to tackle ISIL's millions of sympathisers?

It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters.

Middle East

Why are Islamist armed groups clashing in Syria?

Rebel alliances in Syria fluctuate frequently, mirroring the ever-changing complexities of the region.

US Elections 2016

What will Trump do on Syria?

Trump's "America first" is likely to make him cooperate with Putin on Syria.

War & Conflict

Lebanese oligarchy preserves its interests once again

The move reinforces Hezbollah's supremacy as kingmaker in Lebanon.

War & Conflict

The battle for Mosul is about much more than Mosul

The future of Syria and Iraq will be shaped significantly by the outcome of the battle of Mosul that is now underway.

War & Conflict

The frighteningly high human and financial costs of war

The ravages and costs of war can persist for generations after the fighting and bombing stop.


Jordan killing reflects deeper Arab rule of law gaps

Citizens are accused of criminal actions based on imprecise laws that are open to widely differing interpretations.