Rami Khouri

American University of Beirut; Global Ethics Fellow Alumnus

Rami Khouri is the founding director and now senior fellow of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He is also a nonresident senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He was executive editor of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper from 2003–2005 and was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years. For many years, Khouri wrote from Amman, Jordan for leading international publications, including the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post.

For 18 years he was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, in Amman, and has served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites. Khouri has hosted programs on archaeology, history, and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan. He often comments on Mideast issues in the international media and lectures frequently at conferences and universities throughout the world.

Khouri spent the 2001–2002 academic year as a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University and was appointed a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.

He is a research associate at the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, a fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Jerusalem), and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. Khouri also serves on the board of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Featured Work

Rami Khouri. CREDIT: Terence Hurley, Carnegie Council

NOV 23, 2015 Podcast

Perspectives from Inside a Tumultuous Middle East: Syria-Iraq-ISIS-Russia and Iran

The majority of the Arab World seeks justice, accountability, and democracy, says Beirut-based Rami Khouri. What we are dealing with now is bad governance in ...

JAN 5, 2011 Podcast

Beirut, Damascus, Tehran, and Tel Aviv: The Moment of Reckoning is Near

As powerful regional forces confront each other over the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, a day of reckoning is inevitable. Will ...