AAI Summer Internship Program

Posted on March 06, 2012 in Arab American Institute

The Arab American Institute Foundation’s Summer Internship program is an exciting opportunity for students and recent graduates to experience politics and policy-making in action, from a variety of different perspectives.


Every year, AAI selects 8-12 remarkable individuals to intern in a number of D.C. organizations, within one of the following fields:

-          Community Organizing

-          Public Advocacy

-          Political Office

-          Government Agency

-          Media/Research

Past organizations have included: Al Jazeera, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Campaign for America’s Future, congressional offices, the Democratic National Committee, the New America Foundation, TSD Communications, the U.S. Agency for International...

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Washington Watch: Watching the Arab vote

Posted by on February 22, 2012 in News Clips

Quite a bit has been written lately about the impact of the Jewish vote in this year’s presidential race, but what about the Arab-American vote? That will be tested next week in the state with the country’s second largest Arab-American population, Michigan, and a week later in Ohio, which ranks eighth. Unlike Jews, who historically vote 3:1 Democratic, Arab Americans have been less predictable.Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have done little discernible to court Michigan’s Arab- American voters.“I see no real enthusiasm for any Republican,” said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. “Many...

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2011 Texas Book Festival: Panel on the Arab Spring with Robin Wright, James Zogby, and Austin Bay

Posted by C-SPAN 2, Book TV on January 17, 2012 in News Clips

About the ProgramFrom the Texas Book Festival in Austin, a panel on the Arab Spring with Robin Wright, author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World"; James Zogby, author of "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters"; and Austin Bay, author of "Ataturk: Lessons in Leadership from the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire." About the Authors    Robin Wright    Robin Wright, a journalist and foreign policy analyst, is the author of “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East” and “Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam.”     Buy the...

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“Arab Voices” Available in Paperback

Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Blog
Last year, AAI President Jim Zogby's book on the Arab world, Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters, was released to major acclaim and brisk sales. This month, Arab Voices came out in paperback with a new section on the Arab Spring. The book, and the polling it is based on, have proved invaluable to many analysts and policy makers as they try to better understand the changes taking place in the region.
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Predicting the Presidential Election, 2012

Posted on January 09, 2012 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Amidst all the fuss about President Obama's sagging poll numbers, the struggling U.S. economy, and "who's up and who's down" in the Republican presidential primary contest, American University Professor Allan Lichtman has issued his "sure fire" prediction for the outcome of the November, 2012 election.Lichtman is no crystal ball gazer. His predictions are based on a formula he developed in 1981 in collaboration with a Russian geophysicist, who had previously specialized in creating models used to forecast earthquakes. Their approach was based on a thorough analysis of the forces at work in shaping the political landscape in every U.S. presidential...

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“Racist Claptrap” in the USA Today

Posted by on October 05, 2011 in Blog
Atlas is telling us that we need not fret because the US rankings are actually much higher than 41st place in the world, if we only count white infant mortality numbers.
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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 17

Posted on October 05, 2011 in Countdown
Joe Lieberman (I-CT) just became the first U.S. Senator to call for a no-fly zone over Syria. What makes this proposition complicated is that a no-fly zone would have to entail “attacks on Syrian military assets” in order to make the measure enforceable. This comes only a day after media reports indicated that the Syrian government had warned it would respond to any foreign military action against it with “hundreds of rockets and missiles” on major Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv.
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The Real Train Wreck

Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Blog
As dramatic upheavals sweep the Arab world, Arab public opinion matters more than ever, both to regional leaders and to the United States. Next Monday, AAI President Jim Zogby will discuss the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, the intended veto by the United States at the Security Council and the implications it will have on our standing in the Arab world.
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Looking Forward Ten Years Later

Posted on September 09, 2011 in Arab American Institute

This weekend, our nation looks back with almost overwhelming grief. But it also looks forward — and does so with hope, faith, and determination. For 235 years, this country has embraced and celebrated the myriad faiths and faces, cultures and credos, that define us. Ours most certainly is a shared heritage — we are bound by our common devotion to tolerance and understanding, to sharing our histories and learning from others’ stories. Ten years ago, a sad few tried to take this away from us. They did not succeed.

Today, we share two of Jim Zogby’s columns, written in the...

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The Innovators of America’s Future: DREAM Students

Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Blog
By Maryam Al-Zoubi “I am Undocumented, Unafraid & finally Unashamed!” was the phrase that rang in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on March 10th, 2011. I watched nervously in the crowd as my good friend Alaa Mukahhal, an undocumented Palestinian American, shouted those words from the stage. I was afraid for what might happen to her if she stopped living in the shadows, but as tears streamed down my face, I know I was proud that she had the strength to stand up and fight for her rights.
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