AAI Hosts Emergency Leadership Summit in DC

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Blog

Last week, together with the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations and several other community organizations, AAI convened an emergency summit that brought together 60 leaders from 13 states.

The summit was a direct response to the ongoing humanitarian and political crises across the Middle East. As these crises continue to deepen, AAI acted swiftly to open an direct line of engagement with the policymakers to challenge the prevailing policy and narratives about the Middle East that reflect willful ignorance and an unwillingness to act--even when it is counter to our own national security interest. AAI's reasons for quickly convening this...

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Zogby: Donohue Wrong to Doubt Obama Supports Christians Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in News Clips

Arab American Institute President James Zogby says Catholic League President Bill Donohue is wrong to question whether Christian lives mean anything to President Barack Obama in light of the persecution Christians are facing in the Middle East. "President Obama has spoken up," Zogby told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

Christians in Iraq have been facing increasing persecution by the jihadist group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Those living in the nearly 2,000-year-old Christian commmunity of Mosul were told by ISIS to convert to Islam...

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5 Years After the Cairo Speech: How Arabs View President Obama and America

Posted on June 03, 2014 in Reports

In 2009, President Obama delivered his landmark speech in Cairo - a speech that was largely received with enthusiasm by an Arab world ready for a new era of U.S. policy. This poll looks at the major issues driving Arab attitudes toward the United States five years later in seven Arab countries. The poll examines Arab attitudes toward U.S. policy on the Syrian conflict, Egypt's interim government, negotiations with Iran, the two-state solution, and U.S. commitments to improving ties with the Arab World.

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Key Findings Despite the persistence of...

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Obama’s Commencement Address Casts U.S. in a Starring Role on the World Stage

Posted by on June 02, 2014 in Blog

By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014

If the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York agreed to accommodate all those who might feel the impact of  President Obama’s commencement speech on Wednesday, graduation coordinators would be tasked with acquiring a few million more seats.

When President Obama celebrated West Point’s 2014 graduates last week, he simultaneously addressed the nation, redefining his foreign policy doctrine goals for the remaining two and a half years of his term. The considerable hype that existed before the President’s speech was only amplified in its aftermath....

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The Coming Reversion? Four Potential Elections that Could Redefine the Middle East

Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Spring Intern, 2014

President Obama’s highly anticipated visit to Saudi Arabia is marked by numerous well-documented rifts that have complicated relations between the two countries. Whether over the support for opposition movements in Syria, Western negotiations with Iran, or the United States’ absence in Egypt, it is widely reported that the Saudis aren’t happy with the Obama administration’s Middle East policies.

Three years after the recent Arab uprisings increased hope for monumental positive change across the region, Saudi Arabia’s current apprehension can also be viewed through the lens of four upcoming elections...

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POLITICO’s Awkwardly Obvious Omission of an Obviously Awkward U.S. Ally

Posted by on March 07, 2014 in Blog

Last week, POLITICO Magazine took a stab at highlighting the United States’ “25 most awkward allies.” The list included countries like “drone anytime you like” Pakistan and Vietnam, the fastest growing major trade partner with the United States. The list also included a total of eight Arab countries. POLITICO notes in the introduction of their piece that they put together “a damning, revelatory collection of reports on the following pages about the ‘imperfect choices’ the United States has made.” After reading their list, we have to be honest – this article wasn’t exactly POLITICO’s best work....

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On Syria, it’s Strategy over Tragedy

Posted by on February 07, 2014 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Spring Intern, 2014

With recent news that Secretary of State John Kerry may be searching for a new approach on Syria, coupled with his harsh critique of Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s use of barrel bombs against civilians, the dismal outcome of the Geneva II negotiations is becoming increasingly apparent. Nearly 1,900 Syrians were killed during the span of the recent talks and it was reported that the Syrian government is far behind schedule when it comes to surrendering their chemical weapons arsenal.

Kerry’s apparent change in tune...

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Bibi and Barack on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

Last weekend, both U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Brookings Institution’s 2013 Saban Forum, which discussed “Power Shifts: U.S.-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East.” Here are the most important quotes on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process from both leaders and their implications for future negotiations. You can read President Obama’s full remarks here and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s here.

“Out of all this uncertainty, one thing has become absolutely clear: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the source of the region’s problems....

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John Kerry, Secretary of Status Quo

Posted by on November 07, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry performed some confusing “course corrections” on a trip abroad to the Middle East and Europe this week, especially when viewed in light of the Obama administration’s desire, since 2009, to achieve innovative diplomatic breakthroughs in the broader region. Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo, the administration’s position toward long-standing allies during the Arab uprisings, and recent outreach to Iran’s new president are just a few examples.

Still, any surprise momentum the administration gains on these regional priorities has been coupled with the oftentimes contradictory task...

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With the Shutdown Over, What’s on the Agenda?

Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

Throughout the past sixteen days of the U.S. government shutdown, numerous articles decried the negative impact of the country’s impasse over government funding and the debt ceiling on U.S. foreign policy. President Obama was forced to send Secretary of State John Kerry to Asia on his behalf, undermining the oft-repeated “pivot to Asia” strategy. Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad pondered over their Nobel Peace Prize chances while fresh attacks took place in Syria. Markets in Europe took a negative hit. The Council on Foreign Relations’ Richard...

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