Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Posted on November 04, 2015

Background

In 2011, the White House released the “Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.” The plan was introduced as a domestic counter-terrorism strategy in response to the recruitment efforts of organizations such as Al-Qaeda or the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This report became the foundation for the federal government’s Countering Violent Extremism programs, or CVE.

CVE gained increased attention and support in 2015 after the two attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. CVE programs...

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Yalla Vote Toolkit

Posted on July 03, 2015
National Voter Registration Day is September 22, 2015 and the Arab American Institute’s #YallaVote campaign is seeking your help in our civic engagement and voter education.
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Surveillance – AAI

Posted on May 16, 2015

Background

In the wake of 9/11, Congress rushed to pass a wave of national security legislation that has since been used to conduct mass surveillance of American citizens’ phone and internet data. Since then, Congress and the public have learned how the authorities granted in those laws have been used in ways that Congress never intended or foresaw, and that represent a massive expansion of the government’s surveillance of U.S. persons. Unfortunately, the conversation about reforming those important pieces of legislation has typically pitted privacy against national security concerns....

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Syria

Posted on May 16, 2015

Background

Over the past five years the Syrian conflict has taken a devastating toll on the Syrian people. The casualties are inherently difficult to record given the operational risks to international staff in Syria, so much so that the United Nations (UN) stopped counting the death toll after it reached 250,000. Other groups have reported death tolls between 250,000 and 470,000. The UN estimates that 13.5 million Syrians are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance (4.8 million of whom are trapped in areas that cannot be reached by aid...

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Lebanon

Posted on May 16, 2015
Read and download AAI's latest report on the stakes in Lebanon.
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#NoWaiverForIsrael

Posted on May 16, 2015

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) authorizes the Attorney General and Secretary of State to allow temporary visitors from certain countries to come to the United States without nonimmigrant visas. Central to the Visa Waiver Program is a provision that guarantees reciprocal travel privileges for American citizens seeking to visit that country.

Currently, there is both a congressional and joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of State efforts to admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program. In particular, three of the bills exemption language that exempts Israel from the waiver requirement by lessening the reciprocity requirement for Israel to be...

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Anti-Arab & Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Posted on May 16, 2015

Background

Anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry challenges the diversity of American culture and society, proliferates misinformation and stereotypes, fosters hostility- in some cases violence, and stigmatizes an entire community. We understand today’s anti-Muslim bigotry as partly rooted in anti-Arab bigotry, which classifies individuals based on their national origin and political views. What began as xenophobia directed at individuals with origins in the Middle East morphed into anti-Islamic sentiment that targets an entire faith. Polling conducted by AAI in 2015 found that 30% of Americans harbor unfavorable views of Arab Americans...

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Palestine

Posted on May 16, 2015

 Background

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s long-held prominence in the international community has been overshadowed by a myriad of crises that are redefining the regional balance in the Middle East. Those crises include the Iran nuclear deal and its reception by leery Gulf Arab states, the war in Syria, and the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). All the while, many parts of the long-held status quo and facts on the ground have changed for the worse, including new violence, unabated settlement growth initial status dependent...

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