Rami Khouri is an internationally syndicated political columnist and the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He also hosts a weekly radio program, and spent the 2001 academic year at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow. Khouri was editor-in-chief for the Jordan Times newspaper for seven years. He often comments on Middle East issues for the BBC, NPR and CNN. He is currently Editor at Large for the Beirut based Daily Star in Lebanon. At CDDRL he will continue his work on the Middle East and domestic political trends within the Arab world.