Arab Opinions on President Obama‘s First 100 Days: A Six Nation Survey

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...

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2010 Six Nation Poll

Posted on October 12, 2010 in Reports

Results for this survey are based on face-to-face interviews conducted under the direction of Zogby International. All surveys are based on urban samples except in Lebanon where the sample was nationwide.

The tables below show the margin of sampling error based on all interviews conducted in that country. For results based on the full sample in a given country, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus or minus the margin of error. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in...

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Losing Iowa

Posted by on September 10, 2010 in News Clips

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

And yet, contrary to the coastal...

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Trying to Be Hopeful About Peace

Posted on August 30, 2010 in Washington Watch
A few years back when Washington was preparing for the then highly touted Annapolis Peace Conference, I remember commenting that I was "hopeful, but not optimistic".
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The Loss of a True Giant in American Diplomacy

Posted by on July 26, 2010 in Blog
There are too few James Akins in Washington and with his loss, we and the world are poorer for it.
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Arab Americans at the White House and on the Hill

Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Blog

On Thursday, April 22, the Arab American Institute (AAI), in cooperation with the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), hosted over 80 Arab American leaders from across the country for an Arab American Leadership Day in Washington DC. The day included a White House Leadership Briefing, followed by a Capitol Hill Meet and Greet Lunch with members of Congress.

AAI worked closely with the White House Office of Public Engagement to organize the briefing with senior Administration officials to discuss issues affecting the Arab American community. Samuel Bagenstos, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at...

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Poll Reveals Americans Support Balanced Approach to Peace Process

Posted on May 04, 1998 in Washington Watch

Poll Reveals Americans Support Balanced Approach to Peace Process; Americans Reject Congressional Attempts to Dictate Middle East Policy

On April 3, 1998, 81 U.S. Senators (out of 100) sent a letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton insisting that he not use public pressure against Israel in an effort to break the impasse in the Middle East peace process.

A recent poll of U.S. voters, however, demonstrates that this one-sided view held by the U.S. Congress is totally out of touch with U.S. public opinion on Middle East issues.

The poll, commissioned by Al Majallah Magazine and the Arab American Institute...

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Poll Reveals Americans Support Balanced Approach to Peace Process

Posted on May 04, 1998 in Washington Watch

Poll Reveals Americans Support Balanced Approach to Peace Process; Americans Reject Congressional Attempts to Dictate Middle East Policy

On April 3, 1998, 81 U.S. Senators (out of 100) sent a letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton insisting that he not use public pressure against Israel in an effort to break the impasse in the Middle East peace process.

A recent poll of U.S. voters, however, demonstrates that this one-sided view held by the U.S. Congress is totally out of touch with U.S. public opinion on Middle East issues.

The poll, commissioned by Al Majallah Magazine and the Arab American Institute...

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The Clinton Administration and the Arab world: Some Early Advice

Posted on November 23, 1992 in Washington Watch

The transition from the Bush to the Clinton Administration is in full swing. Not only did President-elect Bill Clinton come to Washington this week to meet with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and President George Bush at the White House, but the Democrats’ transition offices have opened; and they are beginning to lay out their plans for the most massive shift of government policy and personnel that this city has witnessed in the past twelve years.

With headquarters in both Washington, DC and Little Rock, Arkansas, the Clinton/Gore transition team will be casting its nets widely to gather the information...

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