Foreign policy is of particular concern to Arab Americans – many of whom cherish strong personal, business, and cultural ties to countries in the Middle East.

In all cases, the Arab American Institute advocates for strong, pragmatic U.S. leadership in assisting the people of the Middle East towards justice, well-being, and freedom.

On an ongoing basis, the Arab American Institute works with members of Congress, their staff, White Office officials, and key policymakers in the administration to advance the policy concerns of the Arab American community. 

Foreign Policy Issue Briefs 

Click the title or image of each brief to access a downloadable version of our most recent foreign policy issue briefs. 

U.S. Policy on Israel & Palestine Under the Trump Administration

How Recent Developments Undermine the Prospect for Peace

Over the span of just two years, the Trump Administration has derailed longstanding U.S. policy toward Israel and Palestine. The United States was once seen as a legitimate, but certainly not impartial, mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, recent concessions to the Israeli government have only further entrenched Israel's illegal occupation and attempted annexation of Palestinian land. The Trump Administration's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an aberration from longstanding U.S. policy and has harmed the prospect for peace. Moreover, changing perspectives on Israel and Palestine, particularly among younger Americans, suggest the small, unfit, and unqualified coterie of presidential advisors directing U.S. policy toward the conflict are increasingly out of step with public opinion. Among advocates for justice in Palestine and seekers of a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, these nascent changes to public opinion might cast a ray of hope. 


Promoting Democracy & Effective Governance in Tunisia

Supporting Tunisia's Democratic Transition After the 2011 Revolution

In the last eight years, Tunisia has held its first free presidential, parliamentarian and municipal election, and it also ratified a new constitution. But as a nascent democracy, Tunisia must fortify its institutions and promote sound, transparent governance on the part of its elected officials to ensure sustained progress. To support this work, the Arab American Institute Foundation initiated the U.S.-Tunisia Peer Exchange program. Moving forward, the U.S. government should continue to support efforts to promote democracy in Tunisia. 

Our program is a unique, hands-on co-mentorship exchange that pairs Arab American elected officials and policy practitioners with newly elected municipal officials in Tunisia. 


Additional Resources

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