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 Rawan Elbaba/Jen Salan (202-429-9210).

AAI Submits Testimony to House Judiciary Hearing on Constitutional Rights During War on Terror

Posted on May 22, 2013

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

Washington, DC - May 22, 2013 - The following statement was submitted for the record by Arab American Institute President James Zogby to the House Judiciary Committee hearing, "Protecting U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights During The War on Terror," which took place today.

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Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and members of the Committee: I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the Arab American Institute.

As a non-partisan non-profit organization, the Arab American Institute conducts research and policy analysis on...

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Hill Briefing - “Drones: A Slippery Slope on Lives and Liberties”

Posted on May 02, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Yasmine Taeb, 202-494-6395Hill Briefing - "Drones: A Slippery Slope on Lives and Liberties" 

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held the first Senate hearing on drones last week, featuring a powerful and emotional testimony by Yemeni youth activist Farea Al-Muslimi. 

The Arab American Institute will be convening a briefing on this topic with Farea Al-Muslimi offering his personal perspective on the impact of drone strikes on his home village of Wessab, Yemen. Other speakers will address the civilian impact of targeted strikes and the legal framework (AUMF) underlying U.S. drone policy....

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AAI Submits Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Immigration Reform (April 19, 2013)

Posted on April 19, 2013

CONTACT: Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988

Washington, DC - April 19, 2013 - AAI Executive Director Maya Berry submitted the following statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation proposed by the "Gang of Eight."

STATEMENT OF Maya Berry, Executive Director ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTEHEARING ON: COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM LEGISLATIONSENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES SENATE

Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley and members of the Committee: I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the Arab American Institute in response to the introduction of the “Border...

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Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Posted on April 15, 2013

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

Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Washington, DC – April 11, 2013 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will honor Christiane Amanpour with the inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism next Tuesday, April 16th at the fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, DC. The Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism isnamed for the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid who tragically passed away last year. The Anthony Shadid award honors those whose coverage of the Arab world or the...

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Poll: American Attitudes Toward Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood

Posted on April 10, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Poll: American Attitudes Toward Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood AAI President Jim Zogby to release results during a briefing on Friday at the Center for American Progress

A new Zogby Research Services (ZRS) poll conducted during the month of March surveys American attitudes toward Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood. The poll compares attitudes in 2013 with Zogby International data collected on the same subject over two decades. AAI President James Zogby, Founder and President of the Arab American Institute and Director, Zogby Research Services will release the results this Friday, April...

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Arab American Awards Gala Honors Christiane Amanpour, Ralph Nader and Others

Posted on March 28, 2013

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

Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Honors Christiane Amanpour,Children's Defense Fund & Marian Wright Edelman, Casey Kasem and Ralph NaderAmanpour to Receive Inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism   

Washington, DC – March 28 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will hold its fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 16th in Washington, DC. For fourteen years, the Gibran awards have recognized individuals, organizations, and corporations whose work reflects the ideals of the great Lebanese-American poet by promoting inclusion, cooperation and greater understanding among people...

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President Hosts Arab American Meeting Ahead of Middle East Trip

Posted on March 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

President Hosts Arab American Meeting Ahead of Middle East Trip 

Today, President Obama met with Arab American community leaders in advance of his trip to the Middle East. They released the following statement today:

We are pleased to have shared with President Obama our recommendations for the vital message that he should convey to the Palestinian people. Today’s meeting was an important opportunity for Arab Americans to share our views, and continue to serve as a bridge between the US and the Arab world. Our meeting underscored the President's recognition of the importance...

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Poll Release: Arab and Muslim Attitudes toward Iran

Posted on February 27, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Iran's Fall From Favor: 20 Nation Poll Finds Decline in Support Among Arabs, Muslims. Worrisome Sectarian Divide Opens.

On March 5, 2013, Dr. James Zogby of Zogby Research Services (ZRS) and President of the Arab American Institute (AAI) will release the results of an extensive survey of Arab and Muslim attitudes toward Iran, its policies and its nuclear program. The poll will be released at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

Comparing the 2012 results with earlier polling, Zogby will discuss several significant shifts in attitudes across the region that have occurred in...

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AAI Statement Submitted to the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Immigration (2/5/2013)

Posted on February 05, 2013

For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 5, 2013Contact: Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988

WASHINGTON, DC - February 5, 2013 - Today, the Arab American Institute submitted the following statement praising the efforts that President Obama and members of Congress have taken to address fundamental immigration reform, including holding today's timely hearing convened by the House Judiciary Committee WASHINGTON, DC - February 5, 2013 - Today, the Arab American Institute submitted the following statement praising the efforts that President Obama and members of Congress have taken to address fundamental immigration reform, including holding today's timely hearing convened by the House Judiciary...

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AAI Statement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted on January 30, 2013

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 30, 2013Contact: Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988

Washington, DC Jan. 30, 2012 – The Arab American Institute released a statement today applauding the President's speech yesterday in Las Vegas calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

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