Global Focus – Rami Khouri – Aug 20, 2014 – Crises in the Middle East (Audio)




TNWAC’s Global Focus talked with distinguished columnist, author, scholar and commentator Rami Khouri from the American University in Beirut about the crises sweeping the Middle East. From the Islamic State terrorists to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians Mr. Khouri provided insights and perspectives on these critical national security and foreign policy issues. This was the inaugural Webcast in the Global Focus international affairs program series and TNWAC was pleased to welcome audience participation from across the World Affairs Councils of America network. Mr. Khouri joined the Global Focus Webcast, hosted by TNWAC President Patrick Ryan, from his office at the American University of Beirut, on August 20, 2014. The Webcast live audience included members of the Tennessee World Affairs Council and councils from around the United States. Check the Global Focus home page for more details about this and future Webcasts.

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This post provides the audio file from our conversation with Mr. Khouri. For the complete transcript and video link here.


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About Rami Khouri

Rami KhouriRami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut and Nazareth. He is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, as well as a columnist at the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. 

He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Dubai School of Government. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, Syracuse, Tufts, Mt. Holyoke and Northeastern universities, and in November 2006 he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East. 

He was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University in 2001-02, and recently served for four years on the international advisory board of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has a BA in political science and MSc in journalism from Syracuse University.


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Global Focus is a Tennessee World Affairs Council flagship program designed to bring distinguished leaders from the United States and around the world into our communities, schools, businesses, organizations and homes through the use of Webcasts.

Global Focus connects thought leaders, decision makers and specialists with live audiences and provides an archive of important conversations for future use.

The Global Focus international affairs Webcast was launched in August 2014 and provides, at least monthly, an opportunity to talk about current developments, long term trends and important topics from across the spectrum. In addition to a regularly scheduled monthly Webcast we will add additional broadcasts as panelist availability and developments in the world dictate. So stay up to date with our calendar.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council wishes to thank the following sponsors for making Global Focus possible.

  • Sam & Diane Glasgow of Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Ryan & Associates of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Belmont University, Center for International Business, Nashville, Tennessee
  • of Nashville, Tennessee

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