Laying the Groundwork for an Iraq Travel Ban

Posted by Ryan Suto on May 10, 2019 in Blog

While Iraq was quickly removed from the Muslim Ban in 2017, the Trump administration has found a new way to place a de facto travel ban on the country. In an effort to force the country to accept deported Iraqis, some of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades, the administration has quietly enacted a new immigration rule that could have major ramifications for Iraqis who wish to visit family, study, or do business in the U.S.

Over the past thirty years, various waves of Iraqis have left home in large numbers in the wake of the Iran-Iraq War in the...

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The 2018 Iraqi Parliamentary Election: Opportunities and Challenges

Posted by Ryan Suto on May 18, 2018 in Blog

Last weekend Iraqi voters went to the polls for the first time since Iraq declared victory over ISIL in December 2017. The coalition building over the next few months will prove critical to how Iraq moves past intense sectarian divisions and toward vital governance issues and public services.   Since the last elections in 2014, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has generally been viewed as governing in a more moderate way than the overtly sectarian rule of former PM Nouri al-Maliki. One major exception, however, was Abadi’s controversially strong response to a...

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AAI's Questions for General James Mattis at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

General James Mattis will will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, January 12th at 9:30am. Watch online here James Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps General who served as Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and concurrently as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (2007 to 2010), Marine Expeditionary Force (2006-2007), Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2005-2006), and most famously the 1st Marine Division, that led Marine forces into Iraq (2002-2004). Upon retiring, he served as a consultant, board member, and...

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AAI's Questions for Rex Tillerson at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on January 09, 2017 in Blog

Rex Tillerson will will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 11th at 9:00am. Watch online here Rex Tillerson has served 10 years as the CEO of ExxonMobil, the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. During Tillerson’s tenure at Exxon he oversaw global operations and negotiated business deals with foreign governments and major international conglomerates.  The Secretary of State serves as the President's chief foreign affairs adviser and is responsible for strategically developing diplomatic...

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Countdown Vol 15, No 6: What’s Haunting Us Now?

Posted on October 20, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: election surprises, zombie intervention schemes, bad presents for Egypt, ceasefires, and police data tracking.
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Letter: Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from Bridge Conference

Posted on July 06, 2016 in Press Releases
The Arab American Institute wrote five members of Congress asking them to withdraw from an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim conference.
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Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from anti-Arab, anti-Muslim Conference

Posted on July 04, 2016 in Press Releases


Contact: / 202-429-9210  Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from anti-Arab, anti-Muslim Conference Arab American, Christian and Muslim Groups Join to Counter Bigotry

Washington, DC – Today, July 6, the Arab American Institute joined with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and the Muslim Public Affairs Council in asking five members of Congress to withdraw from participating in a conference featuring well known anti-Arab and anti-Muslim speakers. “The Bridge: The Annual Conference on the Persecuted Church,” is being held...

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Genocide Designation Applied to Crimes in Iraq and Syria

Posted by Jacob Saliba on April 05, 2016 in Blog

The Arabic speaking world used to be home to one of the globe’s most diverse regions. A patchwork of religious, cultural and tribal affiliations, it was a center of coexistence. Today, ISIL threatens all of that including the future of minorities in the Middle East. As a response, U.S.organizations are doing all they can to prevent this disturbing trend.  On March 14, the House passed a resolution declaring that ISIL atrocities against Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in “Iraq and Syria include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide”. Going a step further Secretary of State  John Kerry made it clear...

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Countdown Vol 14, No 6: Going, Going, Gone

Posted on February 25, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Donald Trump's Republican hostages; the end of Jeb Bush's campaign; no team announced yet for Trump; a mockery of "passive terrorism"; Iraq's dam problem.
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Religious Plurality Is At Stake in the Middle East

Posted by Mahmoud Abunie on February 24, 2016 in Blog

The Middle East is the birthplace of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The three faiths have lived, struggled and overcome many issues throughout history and continue to work through similarities and differences. The fabric of the three faiths are a mosaic of the cultural and ethnic composition that make up the beauty of the Middle East. Everyone in the Middle East is suffering due to ISIL and their savage attempt to rule through violence and oppression. Christian communities in particular are being particularly targeted by ISIL’s barbarism. The communities suffering most acutely, Maronite, Assyrian,...

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