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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
By Rami G. Khouri - Aug 10,2017
The Israeli government move to close Al Jazeera television network’s operations in the country is not surprising in itself, given that the government’s irritation with Al Jazeera for the past two decades of comprehensive, live coverage of events in Israel and the Arab territories
By Rami G. Khouri - Jul 27,2017
The outburst of Palestinian protests and Israeli “security” measures in Jerusalem since July 14 continues a saga that has pertained since Israeli occupied the entire city in June 1967, but with a few significant new twists this time.Here are some of them in this ongoing battle be
By Rami G. Khouri - Jul 20,2017
Every few years, it seems the world of Middle East and global policy analysis passes through a phase when a basic question rears its head in the media and in conversations across the world: Is Islamism a dangerous trend of the future in Muslim-majority societies, or a natural pas



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