Countdown Vol. 14 No. 18: A Rally Cry

Posted on June 17, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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From Cairo to Goldberg

Posted on May 05, 2016 in Washington Watch
Earlier this month "The Atlantic" magazine featured a cover story, "The Obama Doctrine", written by Jeffery Goldberg. Based on the author's many hours of interviews with President Obama, it represents an attempt to find a coherent framework with which to understand the President's overall foreign policy. It was both disappointing and damaging.
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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 11: Finish Line (Barely) in Sight

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Countdown Vol. 14, No. 8: The Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous

Posted on March 10, 2016 in Countdown
Countdown is AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Obama's Final State of the Union: What to Expect

Posted by Nadia N. Aziz on January 10, 2016 in Blog
President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union (SOTU) address tonight. Teased as a “non-traditional” SOTU by the White House, the President is expected to speak more directly to the American people, as opposed to speaking to Congress as he has done previously. The speech will discuss the progress made on a range of issues during his tenure thus far.
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The State of Dis-Union

Posted on January 10, 2016 in Washington Watch
On Tuesday of this past week, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address to a Joint Session of Congress. And then on Thursday, the Republican candidates for their party's nomination held their sixth televised debate. The contrasts in tone couldn't have been sharper, defining the deep partisan divide that has tragically paralyzed our ability to address critical issues facing our country.
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Obama’s Overdue AUMF Proposal Permeated with Problematic Language

Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman Winter Intern, 2015

Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL is long overdue. Since U.S. military action against ISIL began on Aug. 8, 2014 we have launched 1,900 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Unsettlingly, our military campaign still lacks Congressional backing.

Sent to Congress last week, President Obama’s AUMF request is the first proposal asking Congress to authorize military force in almost thirteen years. The three key points from the AUMF proposal against ISIL are: 1) it limits the campaign to a...

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Immigration Reform is Not Just for Latinos: Big Impact for Immigrants from MENA

Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Blog

Since announcing his executive order on immigration, President Obama has held two events to to clarify the extent and scope of his most recent executive order. The events, one in Las Vegas and the other in the President’s hometown of Chicago, were a chance for the President to engage directly with multi-ethnic communities on the prospective reforms. Although referring to his action as just “one small step on immigration,” his statements acknowledging the diversity of immigrant populations indicate that his executive action last week will have a huge impact on both documented and undocumented populations arriving...

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New AAI Poll Reveals Arab American Identity Trends and Political Concerns

Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

This morning, Dr. Jim Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, released a new Zogby Analytics poll, Arab American Voters 2014: Their Identity and Political Concerns.

The poll revealed that Arab Americans are extremely proud of their ethnic heritage. Sixty-three percent of respondents identified as Arab American. This high percentage is a continuation of an upward trend that began in the 1990s, when only 51% described themselves as Arab American by country of origin or as Arab Americans alone.

This reveals that a stronger sense of...

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For Obama and ISIL, Twitter is the New C-Span

Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Blog

By Dina Salah-ElDinFall Intern, 2014

From Washington, D.C. to Cairo to Hong Kong to Kiev, posting updates from a city square where tens, hundreds, or even tens of thousands are marching for or against a cause or a government has almost become the driving force for much of the activity on social media.  Over the past month, Twitter became the center stage from which the militant group known as the Islamic State declared its territorial gains in Iraq and its executions of two American journalists.

Last week, as President Barack Obama delivered a prime-time speech...

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