Fouad M. Makhzoumi

Mr. Fouad Makhzoumi has both an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

In 1984 Mr. Makhzoumi founded Future Pipe Industries with other investors.  He became Chief Executive Officer in 1986 until 2003 when his son, Rami Makhzoumi, assumed the role.

Between 1995 and 1997, Mr. Makhzoumi served as acting President of the International Desalination Association and he has been a member of the International Board of the U.S./Middle East Project since 1996. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. Makhzoumi acted as Vice Chairman of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1997 Mr. Makhzoumi founded the Makhzoumi Foundation, a private Lebanese non-profit organization that contributes through its vocational training, health care and micro-credit programs to Lebanese civil society development.

Mr. Makhzoumi has been Executive Chairman of Future Pipe Industries since 2003 and he reassumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2011.



General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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