Tunisia's Transition: How Can We Help?

Posted by David Curtis on July 28, 2015 in Blog
Is Tunisia the last hope for democracy after the uprisings of 2011? If indeed there is hope, especially in the wake of recent and appalling terrorism, the United States must play an integral role in supporting the democratic transition. Last week, a group assembled on the hill and alerted congressmen of the best ways to assist Tunisia’s democracy, which is still in its delicate infancy. Witnesses at a July 14th Congressional Subcommittee Hearing, titled “Tunisia’s Fragile Democratic Transition,” were in almost complete agreement about how to bolster prospects for democratic success in the Maghreb country. Their general consensus is both revealing and refreshing, considering the diverse backgrounds of panelists: representatives from both the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute spoke in harmony on how the U.S. can augment the chances for a Tunisian triumph.
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Ask Your Representative to Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on July 16, 2015 in Blog
Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations
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Women and Education in the Middle East

Posted by Neveen Hammad on July 01, 2015 in Blog
The panel featured international development advisor, Nadereh Chamlou; author, feminist, and former co-chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, May Rihani; Vice President of Education for Employment, Taleb Salhab; and senior correspondent of Al-Arabiya TV, Nadia Bilbassy. The collective message from the panelists was that education for women is key, and a lack of progress has been a huge impediment to Middle Eastern societies and economies within the post-revolutionary paradigm. Opening the discussion, Bilbassy said that social progress she and many others strive for will take immense effort and time, “It might take us a generation – and I’m not being pessimistic here – to go where we want this go to.” Radical Islamist groups such as ISIL and the Muslim Brotherhood not only exclude women from government and social affairs, but they also coerce them into staying at home. In Egypt, for example, a law was passed that prohibited girls under eighteen from getting married. When the Muslim Brotherhood took power, however, they repealed this law. The panel argued that this reversal combined with women’s social isolation lead to deterioration in women’s health (due to limited medical access), as well as stunted educational, economic, and social advancements.
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Saving the Interpreters Who Were Left Behind

Posted by Sabrin Qadi on June 30, 2015 in Blog
Matt Zeller, founder of the non-profit organization, No One Left Behind, has dedicated the next decade of his life to bringing every interpreter who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and their family, to the United States. Zeller was a service member in Afghanistan, a wounded combat veteran who did a one time tour. His zealous advocacy in support of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters comes from the fact that his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari, came to his aid during a nearly fatal ambush.
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Arab Public Opinion Comes First

Posted by Nicole Khamis on June 08, 2015 in Blog
Ambassadors, journalists, intellectuals, government workers, and advocacy groups all gathered at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri center to witness the public launch of the Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) this past Thursday. The Atlantic Council created MEST in February 2015 under the bipartisan co-chairmanship of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright and former U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley. The goals of the MEST are twofold: first, to examine the underlying issues of the region, while identifying ways in which people in the Middle East can build and support government institutions for long term stability in the region.
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Susan Rice: ‘No Military Solution’ In Yemen Either

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

As the Obama administration claims that there is “no military solution” to militant attacks in Iraq, Ukraine, and Syria, White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice has added Yemen to the list.

“As in Syria, there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen,” Rice said during a speech at the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran Gala on Wednesday.

Rice’s stark assessment of the current situation in Yemen is the latest indication that the administration is quietly backing away from touting the fight against terrorists in Yemen as a success story.

Obama’s launched dozens of American drone strikes targeting...

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National security adviser: US expects next Israeli government to recommit to two states

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.“President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the conflict, and that resolving it is in the national security interest of the United States,” Rice said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Arab American Institute.“We look to the next Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate — through policies and actions — a genuine commitment to a two-state solution,” she said.Obama administration...

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Hard Road Ahead

Posted on April 08, 2015 in Countdown
In what is likely to be the most complex campaign to earn a GOP presidential nomination, Sen. Paul must tread a very thin line appealing to both his libertarian base as well as a much broader GOP base.
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Preying on Anti-Arab Bias

Posted on April 06, 2015 in Washington Watch
Delta Airlines is leading an effort to petition the US government to sanction Etihad Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and Qatar Air. They charge that these three airlines have received government subsidies and are unfairly competing with US carriers resulting in a loss of jobs for American workers.
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How Could This Happen?

Posted on April 02, 2015 in Countdown
The plight of Palestinians living in Syria has been all but ignored since the start of the conflict. As international delegations headed to Kuwait for the third annual donor conference on Syria, UNRWA warned that the emergency fund for Palestinians was dangerously low.
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