James Zogby’s Recognized for 'Outstanding Community Service' by René Moawad Foundation

Posted by Edy Semaan on November 04, 2019 in Blog

The René Moawad Foundation honored Dr. James Zogby with an Outstanding Community Service Award during their 26th annual benefit gala held Oct. 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington D.C. under the motto “Giving Hope… Making a Difference.”

In its premiere annual event, the foundation recognized Jim’s life contributions in support of Arab Americans as a community leader of Lebanese descent, especially his pioneering efforts in launching and heading U.S. organizations championing Arab rights in times of anguish and instability.

The foundation, which establishes sustainable...

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Maya Berry Tackles Anti-Semitism and Its Weaponization

Posted by Sofiya Volobuyeva on October 30, 2019 in Blog

Earlier this week, J Street held its annual conference in Washington. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry spoke on a panel called “Fighting Anti-Semitism and its Weaponization in American Politics,” moderated by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Berry was joined by Peter Beinart (City University of New York), Halie Soifer (Jewish Democratic Council of America), and Eric Ward (Western States Center). The panel discussed the rise of antisemitism, as well as its weaponization by the Trump administration and others against critics of the administration and of Israeli policies. The speakers...

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What New American Dreams are Made Of

Posted by Sofiya Volobuyeva on October 22, 2019 in Blog

Last week, over 1,100 people convened in Detroit to work towards realizing the “New American Dreams” of immigrants and refugees. Almost 200 speakers, including the Arab American Institute’s Suher Adi, spoke at the National Partnership for New Americans’ 12th National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC). This is the largest conference on immigration in the U.S., convening policymakers, academics, corporate and community leaders, researchers, faith and labor leaders, and funders from all over the country. The NIIC centered around issue-based 12 tracks, including Census 2020, language access, healthcare, and women’s leadership....

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Emel Mathlouthi Serenades Washington D.C.

Posted by Tess Waggoner on October 18, 2019 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation was delighted to host Emel Mathlouthi in concert at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in partnership with the Artistic Freedom Initiative, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the American Tunisia Association. The performance marked the last stop of her North America tour for her latest album, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning, released on September 27, 2019 by Partisan Records.

After Mathlouthi’s performance at the 21st annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards last spring, where we presented her with an...

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Posted on September 17, 2019 in Press Releases



CONTACT: Tess Waggoner


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Washington, D.C. – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) welcomed the inaugural cohort of the U.S. – MENA Experiential Partnership in Washington, D.C. in September. The Partnership is a pioneering initiative spearheaded by the Arab American Institute Foundation, with support from the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The partnership pairs Arab American public servants with newly-elected officials in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for a year-long co-mentorship exchange that champions decentralization, good governance and public private partnerships....

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Congressional Briefing Highlights the Success Stories of the Inaugural Tunisian Cohort of the U.S.-MENA Experiential Partnership

Posted by Tess Waggoner on September 13, 2019 in Blog

On September 13, 2019, AAIF hosted a congressional briefing sponsored by Representative Betty McCollum’s office, entitled, Tunisia at a Crossroads: Balancing Political Stability and Economic Prosperity. The briefing was an opportunity to discuss the latest political developments in Tunisia in the aftermath of the passing of President Caid-Essebi, the upcoming presidential elections and their potential repercussions on the stability of the country.  The briefing was organized as part of the U.S. experiential learning trip of the inaugural cohort of the inaugural Tunisian cohort of the U.S. – MENA Experiential Partnership – a year-long, hands-on good governance learning exchange between American and Tunisian public officials, supported by the...

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The Politics and Challenges of Cultural Preservation

Posted by Tess Waggoner on September 12, 2019 in Blog
What factors are involved in the restoration of historic Madinahs? How can projects aimed at breathing new life into these ancient urban settlements offer new possibilities for countries seeking economic investment?
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James Zogby in Iowa This Week To Speak on U.S. Mideast Policy and the 2020 Presidential Election

Posted on March 12, 2019 in Press Releases


March 11, 2019

CONTACT: Omar Baddar


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ATTN: James Zogby in Iowa This Week To Speak on U.S. Mideast Policy and the 2020 Presidential Election

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Arab American Institute President James Zogby will speak in Des Moines, Iowa, kicking off a two-day tour: 

“Undoing the Damage We’ve Done Across the Middle East: The Current Situation, And What We Can Do About It.”Held in collaboration with more than half a dozen local peace and justice...

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Hill Briefing on Social Services for Arab Americans

Posted by Guest on February 13, 2019 in Blog

By Ian Tennison

Last week ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) held a policy briefing about educational and healthcare needs of immigrant communities on Capitol Hill. As the largest Arab American social services agency in the United States, ACCESS is one of Michigan’s largest direct service providers. 

The briefing consisted of two panels. The first addressed the critical importance of quality education, out-of-school programs in academic, social, and emotional development of immigrant youth. The featured panelists included ACCESS’s Anisa Sahoubah and Rima Meroueh, Margie McHugh from the Migration Policy Institute, and Hannah Matthews from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Each panelist...

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AAI Co-Hosts Reception

Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 30, 2019 in Blog

On Monday, January 28, 2019, AAI was delighted to co-host a reception welcoming new Members of Congress alongside Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). We partner with these organizations on work to spread the message that U.S. policies that will help bring a just and durable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other conflicts throughout the Middle East require justice, respect for human rights, & equality for all.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (M-13) with AAI President Jim Zogby (top...

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