Everything Old Is New Again

Posted on March 19, 2015 in Countdown
The Israeli elections wrapped up on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu securing a fourth term. His public shift to the right in the days ahead of the election, declaring there would be no Palestinian state under his watch, and his racist insult on election day against Israel's Arab citizens, "right-wing rule is in danger, Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations," worked as designed.
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For Sale: The Administration’s New Drone Policy

Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Blog
By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015 Last week the State Department announced that after a long internal review, the U.S. would now allow for the sale of armed drones to allied countries. While the U.S. has sold unarmed drones�utilized mostly for intelligence purposes�to allies such as Italy and France, this is the first time that armed drones would be sold to a country other than the UK.
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Obama’s Overdue AUMF Proposal Permeated with Problematic Language

Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman Winter Intern, 2015

Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL is long overdue. Since U.S. military action against ISIL began on Aug. 8, 2014 we have launched 1,900 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Unsettlingly, our military campaign still lacks Congressional backing.

Sent to Congress last week, President Obama’s AUMF request is the first proposal asking Congress to authorize military force in almost thirteen years. The three key points from the AUMF proposal against ISIL are: 1) it limits the campaign to a...

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Syrian Refugees: We’re Not Buying the Security Threat

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on February 13, 2015 in Blog

Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, AAI has advocated for increased resettlement of refugees in the United States. Last January, we were pleased to be a part of Senator Durbin’s landmark hearing on the subject that has since led to meaningful action both in Congress and in the Obama administration. Through a State Department led effort, the U.S. will accept up to 2,000 screened refugees for resettlement in 2015 – which is a huge jump from the 284 refugees resettled between 2011 and 2014. Keep in mind that 3.5 million is a modest estimate of the number of...

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Super Bowl Redux

Posted on February 04, 2015 in Countdown
In what would be the clear winner of the Super Bowl of crazy interviews, last week’s Foreign Affairs interview with Syrian regime leader Bashar Al Assad escalated the strongman’s friendly sociopath persona to new heights.
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Teetering on the Edge: Yemen’s Future

Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Blog
By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015 This past month and a half has seen some of the most transformative events in Yemen since the uprisings and resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in February 2012. Following their September 2014 takeover of Sana’a, the Houthi (also known as Ansar Allah) rebels solidified their dominance on January 20th as they took over the presidential palace and President Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi offered his resignation to parliament just days later.
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We’re Back

Posted on January 28, 2015 in Countdown
We’re back! With a mere 649 days until the 2016 Presidential elections we've got much to cover and no time to waste. So here it is, your first edition of Countdown in 2015!
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Whitewashed: American Sniper and its Version of the Iraq War

Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Blog

By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper about former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, recently, had one of the largest January weekend box office open in recent history.  The star-studded cast brought to life Kyle’s claims to have been one of the deadliest snipers in American History. Despite its apparent popularity with moviegoers, the movie has garnered some criticism over the whitewashed portrayal of its protagonist and the 2003 Iraq war. Still, others praised its sensitive portrayal of a war weary and troubled soldier struggling to adjust to life after the intensity of war....

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The Unraveling of the Arab Spring Narrative

Posted on December 22, 2014 in Washington Watch
Four years ago, Tunisia and the Egypt erupted in broad popular revolts. At first, analysts, Arab and Westerners alike, were confounded. When Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria followed, in short order, the upheavals came to be described as the "Arab Spring" -- the assumption being that what was occurring in the Middle East would unfold in a manner reminiscent of the rapid transformations that took place in Eastern and Central Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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UAE has ‘unique’ relationship with Iran, says poll author

Posted by The National on December 18, 2014 in News Clips

ABU DHABI // The author of a poll that surveyed more than 7,500 Arab-speaking adults said the UAE held a “unique” relationship with its neighbour Iran, which could help explain some of the surprising figures.

As hundreds of thousands of Iranians call the UAE home and Dubai is one of Iran’s top trading partners, it puts the UAE in a different basket to other surveyed countries.

“There are strong historic ties, especially in Dubai, with Iran,” said Dr James Zogby, managing director of US-based research centre Zogby Research and a contributor to The National’s opinion pages. “There is a very...

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