The Last Chance for Syria?

Posted on May 13, 2013 in Washington Watch
One can only hope for the success of the recently announced U.S.-Russian plan to convene a conference aimed at finding a resolution to the conflict in Syria. As difficult as it will be for this effort to succeed, and as bitter a pill as it may be for the warring factions to swallow, it may represent the last chance to avert a greater disaster.
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New York Venue Hosts “Little Syria” Community Exhibit

Posted by on May 02, 2013 in Blog
Tonight will be the opening reception of an exhibition in downtown New York featuring the life and culture of the "Little Syria" community that once inhabited Lower Manhattan.
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AAI Hosts Virtual Brownbag on Syria

Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Blog

Today AAI hosted a virtual brownbag discussion on Syria, featuring two Arab American activists with very different perspectives on the conflict.

Rana Khoury, an independent researcher who has lived in Syria and written for media outlets like Jadaliyya, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera, spoke about the many pitfalls of Western intervention, though she acknowledged that the situation on the ground is already experiencing “ a form of de-facto foreign intervention, including the arming and funding of rebels, the provision of technical and non-lethal support, warfare by proxy and the presence of foreign fighters.” She stressed the important of...

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Join In On Twitter Today: An Arab American Conversation on Syria

Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Blog
Join the conversation Wednesday at noon on Twitter and tune in to our livestream channel as we host a conversation on Syria with two engaged Arab Americans with different perspectives. Watch during your lunch hour and tweet your questions and comments to us @AAIUSA using the hashtag #Syria.
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Arabs Can Act for Syria and Palestine—Before it’s Too Late

Posted on January 07, 2013 in Washington Watch
During the next few months, the Arab World will have its hands full with problems requiring urgent attention. Chief among them are the ongoing crises in Syria and Palestine, both of which are fast approaching their respective "points of no return". Instead of acting as spectators, enablers, or waiting for the United Nations or the United States to provide solutions, there are practical steps through collective Arab action that might make a real difference.
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“I don’t want to have our military involved in Syria”

Posted on October 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I don't want to have our military involved in Syria. I don't think there is a necessity to put our military in Syria at this stage. I don't anticipate that in the future. As I indicated, our objectives are to replace Assad and to have in place a new government which is friendly to us, a responsible government, if possible. And I want to make sure they get armed and they have the arms necessary to defend themselves, but also to remove — to remove Assad.But I do not want to see a military involvement on the part of our...

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“Seeing Syria remove Assad is a very high priority for us”

Posted on October 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Syria is Iran's only ally in the Arab world. It's their route to the sea. It's the route for them to arm Hezbollah in Lebanon, which threatens, of course, our ally, Israel. And so seeing Syria remove Assad is a very high priority for us. Number two, seeing a — a replacement government being responsible people is critical for us. And finally, we don't want to have military involvement there. We don't want to get drawn into a military conflict.

And so the right course for us, is working through our partners and with our own resources, to identify...

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AAI Hosts Chicago Town Hall on US Foreign Policy & Syria

Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Blog
On Saturday, August 11, AAI hosted a town hall in Chicago to discuss the latest developments in Syria, the evolving US government response, and the role of the Arab American community in helping Syria move forward.
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AAI Hosts Chicago Town Hall on US Foreign Policy & Syria

Posted by on August 06, 2012 in Blog

The Syrian uprising has gone through many phases since the first mass protests in March 2011. It has evolved – though some might say devolved – from a popular movement similar to those in Egypt and Tunisia, into a full-scale armed insurrection more reminiscent of the situation in Libya. In the past few weeks alone, Syrian security forces have laid siege to the city of Aleppo, mortar shells have fallen on the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, a bomb exploded inside a TV station in Damascus, and several high level Syrian officials, including Prime Minister Riad Hijab, have defected to the opposition....

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Syria 2025:  A Forum for Engagement on Syria’s Future

Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Blog
Jusoor is inviting Syrians from around the world as well as members of the global community with an interest in contributing to Syria's future to attend their first annual global conference.
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