Working On It

Posted on September 05, 2014 in Countdown
Whether ending the occupation, passing the USA FREEDOM Act, devising a Syria strategy, investigating questionable practices by local law enforcement, or applying pressure on obstinate international actors, they're working on it!
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Don’t Count On It

Posted on August 27, 2014 in Countdown
While the 2014 primaries wrap up, attention is already turning to 2016 – sure, The Hill’s “65 people who might run for president in 2016” may be just a bit excessive, but there are clear signs that some are laying the groundwork for 2016 presidential bids. We aren’t just talking about Hillary Clinton and Rick Perry, who we all know have been making the rounds.
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On And On

Posted on August 22, 2014 in Countdown
As Arab Americans, we understand the real life impact of profiling and discriminatory law enforcement practices. We know how it can range from “minor” inconveniences while traveling to destroying someone’s professional career. But the death of yet another young African American teenager demonstrates how truly grave the consequences of profiling can be. We stand in solidarity with all victims of profiling and against the militarization of police forces. We stand with those seeking justice in last week’s shooting of Michael Brown, in which we saw the most extreme impact of profiling. There is so much work to be done.
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James Zogby: Gulf States Need to Step Up in ISIS Fight

Posted by Newsmax on August 22, 2014 in News Clips

America's allies in the Gulf — Jordan, Egypt and the government of North Africa – must confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in a "cooperative, regional fashion" if the terror group is to be effectively dismantled, according to James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, appearing Friday onNewsmax TV's "America's Forum."  Calling it an "important challenge" for the Middle East, Zogby said the U.S. should provide "tactical assistance" but that the meat of the mission should lie with those in the region. "America can help, but needs partners on the ground to do the...

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If I Did It: Foreign Policy by Hillary Clinton

Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Blog

By Jad Ireifej Summer Intern, 2014

In a recent interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg, Hillary Clinton made it clear that if she was president, American foreign policy would look different.

Though she complimented President Obama on his intellect and abilities to follow complex and multifaceted situations, the former Secretary of State felt that the policy mantra of “don’t do stupid stuff” weakened America’s global position and has contributed to the continued violence we have seen across the Middle East this summer.

Clinton made it clear that she and the president did not...

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Obama’s Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle

Posted on August 18, 2014 in Washington Watch
With Nouri al-Maliki agreeing to step aside in favor of Haider al Abadi, Iraq may have passed its first hurdle on the way to forming the kind of government that will be needed to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and save the country from further conflict and fragmentation. Passing this hurdle may also serve to vindicate the cautious approach the Obama Administration has taken in addressing the crisis created by the brutal eruption of the IS.
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Few Steps Forward, Few Steps Back

Posted on August 13, 2014 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute hosted an important emergency leadership summit in DC last Thursday on U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing crises in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We heard from National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who spoke to members of our community just as news alerts were coming in about the United States air drop in Iraq and the military strikes against ISIS. With that, our community’s discussions over the troubling U.S. policies on Gaza also turned to the U.S. actions and strategy in Iraq, where important communities, including Iraq’s minorities, are being targeted, excluded and expelled by an “Islamic State.”
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AAI Hosts Emergency Leadership Summit in DC

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Blog

Last week, together with the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations and several other community organizations, AAI convened an emergency summit that brought together 60 leaders from 13 states.

The summit was a direct response to the ongoing humanitarian and political crises across the Middle East. As these crises continue to deepen, AAI acted swiftly to open an direct line of engagement with the policymakers to challenge the prevailing policy and narratives about the Middle East that reflect willful ignorance and an unwillingness to act--even when it is counter to our own national security interest. AAI's reasons for quickly convening this...

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The Impact of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit

Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Blog
By Hanane Lahnaoui Summer Intern, 2014 The 2014 U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC last week brought together leaders from across the African continent, including North Africa. A recent initiative launched by President Obama after his visit to the African continent last summer, the summit was the first of its kind to welcome African leaders to the nation’s capital. The summit focused mainly on trade and investment as well as development, security and the relationships between the U.S. and the African nations.
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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Gaza

Posted by C-SPAN on August 07, 2014 in News Clips

James Zogby talked about the latest developments in the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Among other topics he discussed what he believes would be necessary for a long-term ceasefire and solution, policing of the Gaza Strip, and the behavior of both Hamas and Israel.

C-SPAN Radio’s Bobbi Jackson read news headlines at the conclusion of the program.

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