Will the Arab Spring Lead to a Post-American Era?

Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Blog
By Ed Gaier A recent New York Times Op-Ed by Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Ray Takeyh argues that the Middle East is headed for a post-American era. In this era, the United States would ostensible have limited ability to project its power and cajole Arab regimes to pursue policies aligned with American interests. He posits that new Arab countries in democratic transitions in the “era of self-determination” will not be as subjective to American foreign policy priorities as previous alliances of patronage have been.
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Cheer Up Newt, There’s Nowhere to Go But Up!

Posted by on June 09, 2011 in Blog
After facing steadily-declining support, and a number of highly critical news stories, the Associated Press has reported that the senior staff of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has resigned “en masse.” Campaign manager Rob Johnson, senior strategists Dave Carney and Katon Dawson, and spokesman Rick Tyler have all tendered their resignations from Gingrich’s campaign today.
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Obama Nominates Azizah al-Hibri for USCRIF

Posted by on June 07, 2011 in Blog
A White House press release yesterday announced President Obama's nomination of Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, founder of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, to become a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. al-Hibri is also a professor of law at the T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond and Founding editor of Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy. A White House official referenced al-Hibri's extensive experience and contributions to her field saying she is "a tireless human rights advocate who will be a great asset to the Commission in its work."
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Salon: Could Obama Lose Arab American Voters Over Israel?

Posted by on June 07, 2011 in Blog

In an article that examines the impact of President Obama's Mideast policy on Arab American voters, Salon's Justin Elliott takes on an often ignored concern.  Elliott states, "While the media focus has been on Jewish Americans, this community is less than pleased with Obama's Mideast policy."  Elliott talked with AAI President Jim Zogby and sites AAI polling.  Click here to read the full article.  What do you think? Where are you at as compared to 2008?    

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Arab American Service Day

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Blog
On May 14th, the Arab American Institute Foundation and the Network of Arab American Professionals hosted a storytelling and bookmaking workshop for local youth, as part of the National Arab American Service Day. Service Day was hosted in conjunction with National AmeriCorps Week to further the discussion and growth of national service in the public realm.
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What if an Arab-American ran for president?

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in News Clips

There's been a lot of talk in the past few years about Barack Obama's unusual-sounding -- to Western ears -- name. It turns out one of the possible GOP presidential contenders, Mitch Daniels, might well have been named Mitch Esau -- if the "Daniels" had not been tacked on to his Syrian grandfather's name at Ellis Island.

It was at an Arab American Institute award ceremony earlier this month that Daniels told the story of Elias Esau Daniels' arrival in America as a "penniless and illiterate" 21-year-old from Syria in 1905. Daniels' Syrian background was not previously well known, so...

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Daniels to receive Arab American award

Posted by Associated Press on May 10, 2011 in News Clips

An Arab heritage organization is honoring Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for his work in the public sector.The Arab American Institute will present Daniels with the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service during their 13th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala in May.The group says in a news release that the award is also in recognition of Daniels' pride in his ethnic heritage. The governor's paternal grandparents are from northern Syria.Daniels says he's grateful the institute thought of him, and the award reminds him of the opportunity that his penniless, illiterate grandparents had found in America.Daniels' spokeswoman says the...

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Arab Americans After Death of bin Laden

Posted by C-SPAN on May 08, 2011 in News Clips

James Zogby talked about the reaction in the Arab-American community to the killing of Osama bin Laden and its aftermath. Topics included Arab-American views on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, U.S. policy toward Libya and Pakistan, and the year's upheaval throughout the Arab world. He talked about changes in Arab-American civic life and political attitudes. Mr. Zogby is the author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters (Palgrave Macmillan). He responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. The program concluded with a video clip of a spoof of Osama bin Laden on C-SPAN.

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Gibran Gala a Stellar Success

Posted by on May 05, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday, May 4th, hundreds of guests from across the globe filled the Renaissance Hotel Ball Room in downtown Washington, DC for the 2011 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala, hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The black tie event was kicked off with a beautiful performance by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a project of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, followed by opening remarks by William Daley, White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Daley talked about the essential role Arab Americans play in our country, highlighted the challenging but hopeful times we have...

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Gov. Daniels says White House speculation reinforced Syrian roots

Posted by on May 04, 2011 in News Clips

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said the increased notoriety from speculation he may run for president has helped him reconnect with his Syrian ancestors.

Daniels, whose paternal grandparents emigrated from Syria to western Pennsylvania, said the new connections have also deepened his concern for the country's people.

While accepting an award for public service Wednesday from the Arab American Institute at a dinner in Washington, Daniels told the audience how speculation he may seek the GOP's 2012 White House nomination was covered in the Syrian press, which prompted two people to contact him."I got emails from people there who had...

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