Washington Watch: Does Religion Matter in Politics?

Posted on June 25, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Shortly after Tim Kaine had been elected Governor of Virginia in 2006, a discussion ensued among Democratic party leaders about the lessons that could learned from Kaine's victory. Some observations were interesting, others were not. One was particularly off the mark. Because Kaine had often spoken about his Catholic faith, and because Democrats ordinarily do not, some concluded that the lesson to learn from Kaine's win was that Democrats needed to make a point of speaking more about religion. The observation was correct—Kaine did speak about his faith; but the conclusion was wrong....

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Together We Came: Mona Yacoubian

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 19, 2016 in Blog

Mona Yacoubian is one of Washington’s most knowledgeable foreign policy experts. You've probably heard her analysis on C-SPAN or PBS NewsHour, or read her numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy magazine. A Fulbright Scholar and member of the Council on Foreign Relations Yacoubian is currently  Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at the U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID). With a Master’s Degree in public administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in public policy from Duke University, Yacoubian began her...

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Join Us For Arab American Leadership Days and Contact Your Member of Congress

Posted on April 19, 2016 in Action Alerts

For those who were unable to join us in D.C. for today's Arab American Leadership Days: Advocating for Justice, participate by contacting your member of Congress. 

We're not yet halfway through the year, yet 2016 has shown to be a vital year for Arab Americans. From the campaign trail, to Capitol Hill and the White House — programs that have direct impacts on Arab Americans are being proposed and enacted. 

Arab American leaders from across the country are participating in Arab American Leadership Days on April 19th and 20th to advocate for justice both on Capitol Hill and at the White House.  ...

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Ask RNC Chair Reince Priebus to Reject Bigotry

Posted on February 25, 2016 in Action Alerts

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. Late last  year, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community-based advocacy organizations to write to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office.

Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and to state on...

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 22, 2016 in Blog
Contact your Representative and urge them to become a co-sponsor of the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” to prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.
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Apple CEO’s Letter to America

Posted by Kevin Hack on February 22, 2016 in Blog

Apple CEO Tim Cook entered into a high stakes fight with the government last week when he released a letter to customers outlining his opposition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s demand that Apple grant the government access to the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook.

Cook highlights the importance that customers place on the security of their data and the popularity of Apples end-to-end encryption of devices, primarily in protecting it from hackers and criminals, and the similar importance that Apple places on providing that security. He...

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Scalia's Passing and the Fight for His Seat

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 18, 2016 in Blog

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has left a large void on the bench for conservatives. A champion of “originalism,” Justice Scalia, changed the way we discussed and debated the Constitution.  Scalia advocated for the original meaning of the Constitution as opposed to treating it as a living, breathing document that slowly evolves with the times. His use of rhetorical extremes, and a form of argument he called “reduction to the absurd,” often shocked, alienated, and offended readers. While his piercing prose will forever remain in the...

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Sanders is Right: Iraq is Important

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Washington Watch
Bernie Sanders has been unfairly criticized for being a "Johnny One Note" on foreign policy because he continually reminds voters of his early opposition to the Iraq War. To explain why he continues to emphasize the importance of his decision to oppose that war, Sanders has pointed to the speech he gave back in October 2002 in which he laid out five important reasons why he feared the Bush Administration's march to war.
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Leadership or Pandering: Grading Our Elected Officials

Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Blog

One of the many ways we are ghting intolerance is by holding public of cials accountable for the rhetoric they espouse. The Arab American Institute’s “Leadership or Pandering” series examines statements made by policymakers and candidates as they address divisive issues that provide clear opportunities to stand against bigotry. Though not comprehensive, and while no of cial can be judged fairly by any single action or statement, we hope that it will provide a useful look at the debate and its participants.

This edition of “Leadership or Pandering” examines xenophobia and...

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Polling Middle East Views: Opinions on Current and Future Challenges

Posted on December 20, 2015 in Foreign Policy

Download the poll and watch an expert panel discuss its findings.


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