Posted on September 17, 2019 in Press Releases



CONTACT: Tess Waggoner


(202) 429-9210

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


(202) 652-4984

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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What Moves People to Action? A Talk with Dr. Dana Fisher

Posted by Guest on January 22, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

“Moral shocks will motivate people to come out when they have little or no personal connection to political issues,” argued Dr. Dana Fisher, as she elaborated on how social movements develop and sustain momentum. She shared this, and other important perspectives as part of the first Arab American Institute Foundation Generations’ event of 2018. The talk was also the first in a three-part Generations series examining civic participation and movements for change that will focus on two questions: What...

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Bethlehem is in grave danger; Attend screening of 'Open Bethlehem' on 12/12

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on December 08, 2017 in Blog

As the world gets ready to celebrate Christmas and sing about Bethlehem, not many actually know about the town where Jesus was born, or the people who live in it today. The town is situated south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, an area that has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

Bethlehem is in grave danger today, as encroachment of illegal settlements and walls, coupled with restrictive military closures, are threatening the ancient city’s vibrancy and diversity. 

On paper, US policy has long opposed the occupation of the West...

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New Poll: American Attitudes Post Trump

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 29, 2017 in Blog

A recent AAI tracking poll shows a significant positive shift accompanied by a deep partisan rift in Americans’ views of Arabs and Muslims. Once more, in the face of a documented increase in hate crimes and just months after the deadly, white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the findings seem to show Americans have a heightened awareness of racism although there remains a strong partisan divide on the extent of its impact. The poll, which includes questions on Americans’ views toward immigration, the Muslim Ban, hate crimes,...

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A Year After 2016 Election: Rights Experts Address Challenges & Solutions to Advancing Voting Rights

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 06, 2017 in Blog


Arab American Institute 

A Year After 2016 Election: Rights Experts Address Challenges & Solutions to Advancing Voting Rights 

Washington – Some of the nation’s most authoritative experts on voting rights will address current challenges and solutions to advancing voting rights one year after the historic 2016 election. The one hour briefing will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 10AM, at 121 Cannon House Office Building. Panelists will outline the barriers to enfranchisement that impacted the 2016 election, new challenges put in place since, as well as upcoming changes making their way through state legislatures and the courts. Participants...

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