A Word About Polling

Posted on May 23, 2020 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Last week, the Middle East Institute released our new book, “The Tumultuous Decade.” It presents the findings of a decade of Zogby Research Services’ (ZRS) polling across the Middle East and North Africa. Because there are often questions asked about how we poll, what we poll about, and the usefulness of the data we gather, I thought it might be useful to discuss these matters with you, my readers.

I dedicated this book to the hundreds of field workers who conducted the interviews and tens of thousands of randomly selected respondents who...

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“The Tumultuous Decade”

Posted on May 16, 2020 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

On May 20th, the Middle East Institute will release my new book “The Tumultuous Decade,” a book that brings together a decade of Zogby Research Services (ZRS) of Arab, Turkish, and Iranian public opinion. What follows is a discussion of the background of and themes discussed in “The Tumultuous Decade.”

The second decade of the 21st century began with two traumatic events that would transform the Middle East. In fact, although the seeds had been planted years earlier, 2011 proved to be a watershed year for the people of the region. That...

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Meet Nora Shehadah George of Florida

Posted by Elly Rostoum on April 30, 2020 in Blog

April is Arab American Heritage Month, and this year, we’re recognizing it by sharing a story each week of an Arab American hero on the frontline of community service in the fight against COVID-19. Meet Nora Shehadah George of Florida.

Nora Shehadah George is an American hero.

Nora is an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) registered nurse, with more than 20 years of experience. She is not a stranger to pain.

With her boys out of the house, she put her house on the market earlier this year and decided to become a travel nurse. “I...

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First-in-the-Nation Caucus Passes Proclamation to Commemorate National Arab American Heritage Month

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 27, 2020 in Blog

April is National Arab American Heritage Month. This month recognizes the achievements and contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans are immigrants and the descendants of immigrants who came to the United States seeking political liberty and economic opportunity. Arabs began immigrating to the United States in the late 1800s in significant numbers, and have enriched every aspect of American society - including civic and political life. Arab Americans forged a new path in American politics, bringing their spirit, talents,...

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Meet Juliette Kayyem

Posted by Elly Rostoum on April 23, 2020 in Blog

April is Arab American Heritage Month, and this year, we’re recognizing it by sharing a story each week of an Arab American hero on the frontline of community service in the fight against COVID-19. Meet Juliette Kayyem of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Juliette Kayyem has spent the last two decades managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. A national leader in homeland security, resiliency and safety, she is currently the Senior Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she is faculty chair of the Homeland Security...

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Meet Ahmad Alwan

Posted by Elly Rostoum on April 16, 2020 in Blog

April is Arab American Heritage Month, and this year, we’re recognizing it by sharing a story each week of an Arab American hero on the frontline of community service in the fight against COVID-19. Meet Ahmad Alwan of New York, New York.

Ahmad Alwan is a 20-year old New Yorker. He is an aspiring Pharmacy Technician. In his free time, Ahmad works at Lucky Candy, a convenience store his father, who immigrated to the United States from Yemen, has owned for more than a decade. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in...

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Meet Sirene Abou Chakra

Posted by Elly Rostoum on April 08, 2020 in Blog

April is Arab American Heritage Month, and this year, we’re recognizing it by sharing a story each week of an Arab American hero on the frontline of community service in the fight against COVID-19. Meet Sirene Abou-Chakra of Detroit, Michigan.

What do you think when you hear #DetroitStrong? People. People whose commitment to lifting up others is legendary and whose grit is defined by never, ever giving up in the face of great adversity. That spirit is what so many find inspiring about Detroit and its people, and it is what...

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Arab American Community Call in Time of COVID-19

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 31, 2020 in Blog

This is a critical year for our democracy, with both the 2020 Census and Presidential Election, decisions we all make will impact our community and country for generations to come. Yet with the COVID-19 pandemic among us, we are adapting to how we carry out our civic engagement work, and community members can too. (Suffice it to say, COVID-19 has impacted everything.)

Join us on Census Day, Wednesday, April 1, at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT for a Community Call on Civic...

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MENA Community Advocates, Faith Leaders, Celebrities Work Together to Promote the 2020 Census

Posted on March 30, 2020 in Press Releases

(Washington, D.C. - 3/30/2020) — With less than two days away from April 1st,  i.e. “Census Day,” community advocates, faith leaders, comedians and celebrities from Middle Eastern, North African (MENA) communities are raising their voices to make sure their communities are counted in the 2020 Census.  

Considered a hard-to-count population, individuals with ancestry from the MENA region have historically been one of the most undercounted populations in America, along with other minority groups such as African Americans and Latinos. 

According to Basem Hassan, MENA Strategy Director for the 2020 Census Communications Campaign, there is a general unawareness of the positive impact that Census data has on local communities and a latent mistrust toward the government about how data collected will be used.  

Understanding these challenges, Hassan and his team of experts worked the last few years creating a campaign based on proper audience research and community outreach to educate and gain trust before the rollout of the...

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Connection and Community Building at The Green Zone

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 24, 2020 in Blog

As part of the Arab American Generations series, AAI jointly hosted a speed networking event with the D.C. chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-DC) on February 19, 2020. Arab Americans from a variety of professional sectors gathered at The Green Zone, an award-winning D.C. bar run by Arab American entrepreneur Chris Hassaan Francke. Attendees were able to mingle and interact with each other, as well as hear from AAI staff about our ongoing efforts with the Yalla Vote and Yalla, Count Me...

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