An Eye on Sudan

The toppling of former Sudanese strongman Omar Al-Bashir in April brought hope that Sudan would see freedom soon under civilian rule. But negotiations between leaders of the popular protests that brought down the government and the military generals who stepped in to fill the power vacuum collapsed back in June, leading to a brutal military crackdown on protesters in the capital, the killing of over 100 demonstrators, and various other atrocities. But the persistence of the Sudanese people in demanding civilian rule forced a new round of negotiations, leading to a preliminary 

The Israel Exception Gets More Exceptional

When the State Department asked U.S. ambassadors in the Middle East to examine the human rights records of their host countries to see if any were engaged in violations that warranted suspensions in military assistance, Ambassador David Friedman had a message to the State Department: “Don’t second-guess the Israeli military.” David “there is no occupation, Obama is an anti-Semite, Jews who want a two-state solution are traitors” Friedman said he did “not believe we should extend the new [guidelines] to Israel” because “Israel is a democracy whose army does not...


Posted on May 10, 2018 in Foreign Policy

Background Yemen has been experiencing a devastating war for over three years, as a coalition of neighboring countries, led by Saudi Arabia, has launched a large-scale military assault and blockade aiming to reverse the 2015 toppling of President Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi by Houthi rebels. The war’s many consequences have devastated the people of Yemen. Yemen today suffers what the U.N. calls “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” Some 22 million people (three-quarters of the population) are estimated to be in need of aid and protection,...

Congressional Briefing on Mike Pompeo’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and Ties

Posted by Guest on April 09, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

In the current administration, politicians with a history of discriminatory rhetoric and actions have managed to become commonplace. Former Director of the CIA and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo is no different. Throughout his political career, Director Pompeo has made several inflammatory remarks about Arab Americans and American Muslims, and has maintained ties to anti-immigrant groups. On April 9, a panel of leading interfaith and rights experts hosted a panel on Capitol Hill to examine Pompeo’s troubled record and its implications for his  appointment as...

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Washington Watch: The Iraq Debate We Should Have Had 15 Years Ago

Posted on February 24, 2018 in Washington Watch

by Dr. James J. Zogby

Fifteen years ago this week, while the Bush Administration was busy beating the drums for an invasion of Iraq, I submitted a resolution calling on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to oppose this rush to war. The resolution, which was also endorsed by then Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who served with me on the DNC, warned that there were still too many unanswered questions that required examination before we should endorse sending troops to invade and occupy Iraq. I felt it was of critical importance that we have a full debate before,...

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Washington Watch: Fifteen Years Later

Posted on February 17, 2018 in Washington Watch

by Dr. James J. Zogby

Over the next few weeks, I want to take a look back to February and March of 2003, to those fateful days leading up to the Bush Administration's disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. I remember all too well the lies that were told, the hysteria that was created, the bullying tactics that were used to silence debate, and the mass mobilization that was organized in opposition to the war.  

In the end, then President George W. Bush ignored American public opinion and the sage advice of senior Republican statesmen like former Secretary of State...

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Trump’s National Security Strategy

Posted on December 21, 2017 in Countdown Vol. 17 no. 9: Oh, What a Year!

It’s hard to put Trump and “strategy” in the same sentence, given the President’s tendency to fire reckless, unadvisable tweets at all hours of the day, but he did release his official “National Security Strategy,” so we had to put that sentence together. But when you see the Washington Post reporting that Trump “may not have read” his own national security strategy, you realize we’re back in la la land where we belong. So how is this strategy document different from previous administrations’? For starters, it fails to note the seriousness of climate change as a threat to...

Washington Watch: Trump's Jerusalem Decision: A Fatal and Fateful Blow

Posted on December 09, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns: While we have all grown weary of hearing the over-used mantra "this is the end of the peace process", Trump's decision may, in fact, be the nail in the coffin for any negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the first place, there is no peace process. It has been replaced, instead, by a breath-holding exercise with Israelis and Palestinians waiting for Trump...

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AAI Responds to President Trump's Decision on Jerusalem

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

Contact:  For Immediate Release: December 6, 2017 Official Statement from AAI President James Zogby (Washington) The following is a statement from Arab American Institute President James Zogby on President Trump’s announcement regarding Jerusalem: Listening to President Trump's announcement regarding Jerusalem was profoundly disturbing. It's a devastating blow: to Muslims and Christians living under harsh Israeli rule in occupied Jerusalem; to Arab and Muslim sensitivities; and to U.S. relations with our Arab allies. It also damages U.S. leadership worldwide,...

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From Riyadh to Warsaw: Trump’s Foreign Policy clarified

Posted by Ryan Suto on July 12, 2017 in Blog

Last week President Trump visited Poland to deliver his second international speech, with the first in Saudi Arabia back in May. The speeches he delivered in Riyadh and Warsaw have clarified the Trump administration’s attitude and general approach to foreign policy: that of insisting there is a civilizational divide in the world, placing the U.S. and Europe on one side and the Middle East on the other. 

The Obama Administration, as with preceding presidential administrations, has been rightly criticized for speaking about values and human rights to the world but not reflecting such words in actions or...

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