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.


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.

September 11

9/11 then and now: Terror, militarism, war and fear

It is no wonder that this war persists as terror groups expand further.


Could human rights protections reverse today's cruelty?

Even in the lands untouched by war, tens of millions of people suffer the indignities of political powerlessness.


World leaders perpetuate failed anti-terror policies

After decades of failed military action we still don't know what drives citizens to terror.