Washington Watch: Protecting Egypt and Its Coptic Christians

Posted on June 24, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In many ways, the future of Egypt will be shaped by how the government and the majority of Egyptians treat the country's minority Christian community. Will Egypt be an open, tolerant, and creative society? Or will it be closed and intolerant, looking backward? This is choice that Egyptians must make. A few months back I accepted an invitation to speak at a mid-June conference organized by Coptic Solidarity, a US organization. I did so because I was eager to address the challenges facing Egypt, in general, and its Coptic community, in particular. A...

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AAI's Questions for Rex Tillerson at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on January 09, 2017 in Blog

Rex Tillerson will will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 11th at 9:00am. Watch online here Rex Tillerson has served 10 years as the CEO of ExxonMobil, the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. During Tillerson’s tenure at Exxon he oversaw global operations and negotiated business deals with foreign governments and major international conglomerates.  The Secretary of State serves as the President's chief foreign affairs adviser and is responsible for strategically developing diplomatic...

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Postponed U.N. Vote on Israeli Settlements

Posted by Ali Albassam on December 22, 2016 in Blog

In an odd series of events, Egypt proposed a UN Security Council resolution that would demand an end to Israeli settlement building last night, then postponed the vote today. Whether postponed indefinitely or until an Arab League meeting is scheduled—both are circulating—the impact of the delayed vote is clear: more inaction. Instead of the vote at 3:00 today, there has been much discussion about the expectation that the U.S. was intending to abstain or possibly support rather than veto, which would have dramatically increased the odds of such a resolution passing. Formal public U.S....

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Countdown Vol 15, No 6: What’s Haunting Us Now?

Posted on October 20, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: election surprises, zombie intervention schemes, bad presents for Egypt, ceasefires, and police data tracking.
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Together We Came: Dr. Mohamed El-Erian

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 22, 2016 in Blog

Wildly successful economist, academic, journalist, author and consultant, Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, was no match for his 10-year-old daughter who revealed to him in an astute letter the one job where he wasn’t exceeding expectations: being her dad. This letter poignantly listed 22 milestones, “from her first day at school… to a Halloween parade,” that her father had missed that year due to his demanding work schedule. And just like that, El-Erian went from overseeing the management of almost $2 trillion of assets for PIMCO to co-scheduling a private father-daughter holiday with a...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 14: The Anniversary Edition

Posted on May 15, 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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More Papers, More Payouts

Posted on April 07, 2016 in Trouble Comes, As Trouble Goes Vol. 14 No. 10

We didn’t need more proof that power and corruption go hand in hand, but we got it with the release of the “Panama Papers” last week. The 11.5 million documents revealed more evidence on how common place it is for the rich and the powerful to evade laws. But seriously, is anyone surprised that Egypt’s deposed dictator Mubarak was involved in shady dealings? Not us. Since the rich and the powerful came together so effectively to pull this off, we’re left wondering and worried about two things: first, what else are world leaders doing...


Leahy’s Law & Letter

Posted on April 07, 2016 in Trouble Comes, As Trouble Goes Vol. 14 No. 10

Senator Patrick Leahy was joined by 10 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to Secretary Kerry about the Leahy Law’s application to U.S. aid to Israel and Egypt. It’s quite easy to skip over the Egypt language because it’s nothing new, but singling out Israel for “possible gross violations of human rights by security forces…what may by extrajudicial killings by the Israeli military and police” is new. Well, not new to anyone who understands how violent and illegal the occupation is, and has been for 50+ years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t particularly appreciate...


Trouble Comes, As Trouble Goes Vol. 14 No. 10

Posted on March 16, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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