“We need a reinvigorated human-intelligence apparatus in the Middle East so we can better understand who and where are enemies are and then identify opportunities to counteract them and support allies and would-be allies.”
“I think it’s useful to use covert operations to get rid of Muammar Gadhafi, but I don’t think the U.S. should have troops there. I think this whole effort to have forces on the ground has turned out to be a swamp, whether it’s Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya. Because we are not prepared to be engaged deeply enough to change the culture, and we are [only] prepared to engage deep enough to get in and out. And that leaves you with the worst of all worlds. Because over time your enemies hate you, your very presence leads to more people...Read more
“The whole concept of the Arab Spring is an interesting fantasy.”
“The death of Muammar el-Qaddafi is good news for the people of Libya. It should bring the end of conflict there, and help them move closer to elections and a real democracy. The United States should work closely with Libya to ensure the transition is successful, and that a stable, peaceful nation emerges.”
“[Assad is a] vicious dictator, a killer, and a proxy for Iran… [Romney would] pursue a strategy of isolating and pressuring the regime to increase likelihood of a peaceful transition to a legitimate government.”
Posted by Natasha Mozgovaya on December 09, 2010 in News Clips
When former U.S. President George W. Bush wanted to improve the image of the United States in the Arab world, he entrusted the mission to Charlotte Beers, who began her career as a product manager for Uncle Ben's Rice. But clever copywriter's gimmicks - such as an inspiring film clip featuring a female Moroccan Olympic medalist running in shorts, or the Osama Bin Laden "Wanted dead or alive" poster that Beers attempted to place in Arab newspapers - didn't exactly go over big in Arab countries.
After the war began in Iraq, Beers left her job, but to this day,...Read more Original Article
Posted by Howard Arenstein on December 09, 2010 in News Clips
American efforts to get Israel to freeze Jewish settlement construction have collapsed. U.S. officials are scrambling to get Middle East peace talks back on track. But Palestinians are talking about moving ahead on their own toward an independent state.
President Obama's goal of reaching a comprehensive Middle East agreement by next September seems more remote than ever. So, the Palestinians are threatening to dissolve their limited government in the West Bank and act unilaterally to get the United Nations to approve an independent state.
Such a state has already been recognized by Brazil and Argentina. Palestinians say letters of recognition...Read more Original Article
Posted by Monica Hesse on October 20, 2010 in News Clips
In the early days after 9/11, employees of the Arab American Institute huddled in their modest K Street offices, afraid to leave the building. Police downstairs guarded the entrance, serving as protection from those who might deliver on the death threats sent to the nonprofit's founder and president, James Zogby. Raghead, they had said. I'll slit your throat.
This is not the story that Zogby likes to tell. He prefers the one that happened next, the one where, in the middle of the threats and the police and the fact that the world had suddenly gone pear-shaped, he heard a...Read more Original Article
Posted on October 12, 2010 in Reports
In June 2004, Zogby International surveyed almost 3,300 Arabs living in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. The poll was commissioned by the Arab American Institute as a follow-up to the 2002 “Impressions of America” study. Questions in this second “Impressions of America” poll focused on how Arabs viewAmerica and how Arabs learn about America.
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Posted on October 12, 2010 in Reports
On Attitudes toward President Obama and the United States: Since President Barack Obama’s election, there has been a change in Arab attitude toward the United States. In Saudi Arabia (KSA), the UAE, Lebanon and Morocco, over 50 percent of the public polled say their attitude toward the United States is more positive as a result of Barack Obama being elected President. In Jordan and Egypt, a majority remains neutral with only about one-in-four saying their attitude has changed for the better. The UAE, however, is the only Arab country where a majority of respondents hold a favorable opinion of the...Read more