As Iraq faces renewed instability and violence as a result of the post-U.S. invasion conditins and political exclusion and disenfranchisement of numerous groups, the Arab American Institute (AAI) continues to support U.S. policies that secure the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and a stable, democratic governance based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for liberal institutions.
Long term peace and security in Iraq can only be achieved through political reform and national reconciliation and an inclusive government that represents all Iraqis; a challenge the Iraqis themselves must face. The U.S. should seek to implement key recommendations from the Iraq Study Group Report, including the establishment of a regional security framework. Empowering the Iraqi people to create mor effective response forces from existing Kurdish and Iraqi armies, while demonstrating a commitment to diplomatic engagement, is also necessary.
Further, the U.S. should seek to improve the humanitarian crisis facing vulnerable communities, refugees and internally displaced persons by creating safe zones and protected areas, providing aid and assistance, and attracting international support for Iraqi reconstruction efforts. It is also important that the United States increase resettlement efforts and policies for displaced Iraqis, refugees, and U.S.-allied Iraqis
who helped U.S. forces during their mission in Iraq.
AAI strongly endorses policies aiming to secure the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq; support reconciliation among Iraq’s sectarian groups that will bring about stable, democratic governance based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for liberal institutions; prevent the spread of violence, genocide or an al-Qaeda safe haven in Iraq; and provide financial support for Iraq’s reconstruction and development.
- AAI Hosts Emergency Leadership Summit in DC — 08/12/2014
- AAI Hosts Hill Briefing on Resettling Iraqi Allies — 07/17/2014
- The House Divided: Congress Disagrees Again About U.S. Involvement in Iraq — 07/11/2014
- It Takes A Nation: New Book Sheds Light on Arab Refugees in the United States — 06/23/2014
- A Widespread Problem Merits Worldwide Reflection: World Refugee Day 2014 — 06/20/2014
- The Coming Reversion? Four Potential Elections that Could Redefine the Middle East — 03/28/2014
- Raising Awareness about the Plight of The Middle East’s Christians — 03/25/2014
- Writing the Soundtrack to Social Change — 02/11/2014
- To Be a Friend is Fatal: Documentary Highlights Plight of Iraqi Nationals Who Worked with US Forces — 12/06/2013
- Zogby’s “Invisible Victims” Highlights American Ignorance of Arab Christians — 09/20/2013
From Dr. Zogby
- Obama’s Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle — 08/18/2014
- Making Up History to Make Your Case — 06/30/2014
- Who Lost Iraq? And What We Can Do about It — 06/16/2014
- Arab Myths Distort Understanding Of American Policy — 09/23/2013
- Saving the Arab Levant — 07/29/2013
- The First Poll of Iraqi Public Opinion (2003) — 01/04/2012
- Attitudes of Arabs (2005) — 01/04/2012
- 5 Nation Survey of the Middle East — 01/04/2012
- Four Years Later: Arab Opinion Troubled By Consequences of Iraq War (2007) — 01/04/2012
- Arab Opinion Polls: U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq, Arab Political Concerns and Social Media — 01/04/2012