Speaker Profile

Rami Khouri

First Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
American University of Beirut

Rami Khouri is the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University and the Dubai School of Government. Editor at large and former executive editor of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, Khouri was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize in 2006.

Khouri teaches regularly at AUB, the University of Chicago, and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been a fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Syracuse University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Northeastern University, and Stanford University, and is a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. Khouri is also a fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Arab East Jerusalem) and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School and the International Advisory Council of the Nieman Journalism Foundation at Harvard University.

In addition to being editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years, Khouri was also general manager of Al Kutba Publishers in Amman, Jordan for 18 years. He has hosted programs on archaeology, history, and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan and often comments on Mideast issues in the international media.

Khouri earned a BA (in political science) and an MS (in mass communications) from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Profile as of 5/18/2011