White House Recognizes DACA Recipient Kamal Essaheb as “Champion of Change”

Posted by on June 03, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 On Monday, the White House honored a group of outstanding immigrants who had been granted legal residency under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Kamal Essaheb, a Moroccan immigrant and leading immigration reform advocate, was among those honored.
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Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Blog

By Firas Suqi Spring Intern, 2014

AAI hosted an Emerging Leaders Program event at our offices yesterday with Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Health Reform, Catherine Oakar. The event served to inform young Arab American leaders about the importance of registering for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how to go about mobilizing the Arab American community to get enrolled in the ACA Marketplace before the coming March 31, 2014 open enrollment deadline. Oakar, a young Arab American of Syrian descent, also provided insights...

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Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

With a foot in two countries and knowledge of the inner workings of politics in two regions, Arab Americans uniquely understand that dialogue, discussion and engagement are necessary tools in improving the poor state of U.S.-Arab affairs and bridging the divide between two seemingly different regions and cultures.

On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed...

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New America’s Joshua Haber Visits with AAI Interns

Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Blog

By: Melanie Snail Summer 2013 InternThis past Friday, AAIF interns had the pleasure of welcoming Joshua Haber to our weekly Brownbag lecture series, where he spoke about the transition from academic to professional life, and the ins and outs of working in a think tank. AAIF’s Brownbag lecture series invites a diverse array of DC professionals to engage in discussions with interns regarding everything from foreign policy creation to the use of social media.

Not only is Mr. Haber a Research Associate for the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force but also a recent success...

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Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Salan visits AAI interns

Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Blog
By Matt Haugen Summer 2013 Intern As part of our weekly Brownbag lecture series, Jennifer Salan came and spoke with summer interns. Salan, who currently serves as the Senior Producer on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, is a former AAI Communications Director who got her start in television working on Viewpoint with James Zogby.
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Commencing the Post-Gibran Countdown

Posted on April 24, 2012 in Countdown
What’s so “appropriate” about spying on Arab Americans and American Muslims? We don’t know either. To make things more confusing, we were just told at the Arab American Leadership Day briefing at the White House that there was an on-going DOJ investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance operations. So why was Mr. Brennan prematurely stating publicly that he has “full confidence that the NYPD is doing things consistent with the law?"
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Laura Hammad: An Arab American Voice in Florida

Posted by on April 04, 2012 in Blog

By Dalal Hillou

2012 Spring Intern

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has lately become rampant within the political sphere. With politicians such as Newt Gingrich stating that “Sharia is a moral threat”, Rick Santorum saying “there is no ‘Palestinian’”, and the recent anti-Sharia bill that passed in the Florida House and almost made it through the Florida Senate, many American Muslims or Arab Americans are beginning to feel that politics may be a useless and painful task. However, that is the opposite of what the community should feel – it should be more involved with politics to combat such bigotry....

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Khater & Ghannam Talk About Arab Americans in Media & Journalism

Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Blog

As part of its Emerging Leaders Program, the Arab American Institute (AAI) hosted an event last night with Al Jazeera's Rami Khater (left), Senior New Media Producer for The Stream, as well as veteran journalist Jeffrey Ghannam (right). Ghannam talked about his extensive experience in the world of journalism, as well as the challenges he faced as an Arab American, and offered advice to young Arab Americans who either wanted to break into the field or learn how to get journalists' attention to cover their stories. Ghannam also noted that Occupy Wall Street and other protest movements were...

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AA Generations top summary

Posted on March 22, 2012 in Arab American Institute
Each month, AAI’s Generations series brings together Arab American professionals in the Washington, DC area to celebrate, learn, and network with one another. From college interns to seasoned professionals, Generations convenes talented, passionate Arab Americans from all professional backgrounds to learn from one another. The Arab American community in DC is a valuable resource for new professionals as well as a platform for our brightest leaders to develop the next generation of Arab American stars.
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