Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Omar Baddar at 202-429-9210.

Community Groups Meet with FBI Director Mueller to Discuss Anti-Muslim Training Material

Posted on February 15, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988

Washington, DC - February 15, 2012 - In a continuing effort to address concerns related to inflammatory training material, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently met with community and interfaith organizations to provide an update on steps taken by the agency to rectify the matter. On Wednesday, February 8, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Arab American Institute (AAI), Interfaith Alliance, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muflehun, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and the...

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Capitol Hill: Ashraf Khalil Briefing on Egypt one Year Later

Posted on January 26, 2012

Capitol Hill: Ashraf Khalil Briefing on Egypt one Year Later

The Arab American Institute (AAI) will host a briefing on Capitol Hill next Tuesday, January 31 to discuss the situation in Egypt one year after the uprising with renowned Egyptian journalist Ashraf Khalil. Khalil is author of the recently-published book Liberation Square: The Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation and will join AAI president James Zogby in addressing the current hurdles facing the Egyptian revolution and their implications for future relations with the U.S.

The event will broadcast on AAI's Livestream Channel

Ashraf Khalil is...

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Press Briefing: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government

Posted on October 19, 2011

Press Briefing: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government WASHINGTON - October 19, 2011 - Early next week, the Arab American Institute will hold a press briefing in its offices for the release of its newest Arab Opinion poll: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government. Across the Arab world, a remarkable consensus has emerged in support of demonstrators opposing the Syrian government. There is also near-unanimous agreement that Assad can no longer govern in Syria. These are but two of the findings of a poll to be released by the Arab...

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Founder of April 6th Youth Movement in Washington

Posted on October 13, 2011

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik Updated: October 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute will host Egyptian activist Ahmed Maher, founder of Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement in Washington, DC tomorrow, October 18 in its offices for a discussion about the current status of Egypt’s youth revolution. Maher will explain the role in which the youth movement played to help spark the Egyptian revolution and the current challenges faced by pro-democracy advocates in post-Mubarak Egypt. There will be a Q and A session.

The event will be live streamed on the Arab American Institute's website

Part one:

What: A Discussion with Ahmed...

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Arab World Concerned with Iran’s Regional Role

Posted on July 21, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Arab World Concerned with Iran's Regional RoleArab American Institute releases part two of exclusive six Arab nations poll 

WASHINGTON - The Arab American Institute (AAI) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at its offices at 1600 K St, NW Suite 601 in Washington, DC, to release the findings of the latest AAI poll. Findings from the survey of six Arab nations show real concern with Iran’s current and future role in the region.

The poll surveys six Arab nations’ attitudes towards Iran and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issues. The key finding...

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U.S. Favorable Ratings Plummet Across the Arab World

Posted on July 13, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

U.S. Favorable Ratings Plummet Across the Arab World WASHINGTON - July 13, 2011 - The Arab American Institute (AAI) released the findings of a poll today conducted in six Arab nations. Commissioned promptly after President Obama's state department address on the popular uprisings in the Arab world, over 4000 people were surveyed. Four key findings of the poll are: U.S. and Obama favorable ratings are at a record low Top Arab concerns are U.S. interference in the region and the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict Killing bin Laden has not...

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National Faith Leaders to Protest Anti-Muslim Hearings

Posted on March 09, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY    CONTACT: Adam Muhlendorf, Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications202-265-3000; 202-641-6216 (c); adam@rabinowitz-dorf.comMarch 9, 2011   National Faith Leaders to Protest Anti-Muslim HearingsSenior national religious leaders of several faiths including Jews, Christians and Muslims will express their concerns about the format of Rep. Peter King's congressional hearings on the radicalization of American MuslimsWASHINGTON - Senior national religious leaders of several faiths including, Jews, Christians and Muslims will converge on Capitol Hill Thursday to protest Representative Peter King's (R-N.Y.) congressional hearings on the radicalization of the American Muslim community.  Following the House Committee on Homeland Security's hearing, the religious leaders will issue a statement voicing...

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King Hearings Prompt Hill Briefing on Islamophobia

Posted on February 28, 2011

WASHINGTON - February 28, 2011 - Prompted by Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) proposed hearings on the "radicalization" of the American Muslim community, the Arab American Institute and the Muslim Public Affairs Council will convene a briefing for congressional staffers on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 entitled Islamophobia: A Challenge to American Pluralism. The briefing will examine the industry of Islamophobia and its impact on people, foreign and domestic policy.Focusing on the active role Islamophobia plays in alienating and ostracizing the American Muslim community, the briefing will address how Islamophobia has not only become socially permissible but is also a used as...

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AAI and ATFL convene a Lebanese American meeting with the Administration

Posted on December 21, 2010

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Omar Tewfikotewfik@aaiusa.org  (202) 429-9210 ext. 31

AAI and ATFL convene a Lebanese American meeting with the Administration

On Friday, December 17, a group of Lebanese Americans met with officials from the Obama administration to discuss the situation in Lebanon in light of the impending indictments by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Al Hariri. The meeting was convened by the Arab American Institute (AAI) and the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), and brought together Lebanese Americans from across the country. The following statement was released by the co-conveners at...

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Ashrawi: Pressure without Progress Could Lead to the “Political Suicide” of the Palestinian National

Posted on July 09, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOmar Tewfikmailto:otewfik@aaiusa.org(202) 429 9210

 Ashrawi: Pressure without Progress Could Lead to the "Political Suicide" of the Palestinian National Leadership

On his weekly Television show Viewpoint with James Zogby, Dr. Zogby hosted PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi to critique the July 6th White House meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In discussing Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks, Ashrawi warned that moving to direct talks when no progress has been made will lead to the Palestinian national leadership’s loss of credibility with its own constituents. Responding to the question of whether President Abbas would ultimately be...

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