James Zogby: Gulf States Need to Step Up in ISIS Fight

Posted by Newsmax on August 22, 2014 in News Clips

America's allies in the Gulf — Jordan, Egypt and the government of North Africa – must confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in a "cooperative, regional fashion" if the terror group is to be effectively dismantled, according to James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, appearing Friday onNewsmax TV's "America's Forum."  Calling it an "important challenge" for the Middle East, Zogby said the U.S. should provide "tactical assistance" but that the meat of the mission should lie with those in the region. "America can help, but needs partners on the ground to do the...

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Obama’s Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle

Posted on August 18, 2014 in Washington Watch
With Nouri al-Maliki agreeing to step aside in favor of Haider al Abadi, Iraq may have passed its first hurdle on the way to forming the kind of government that will be needed to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and save the country from further conflict and fragmentation. Passing this hurdle may also serve to vindicate the cautious approach the Obama Administration has taken in addressing the crisis created by the brutal eruption of the IS.
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Few Steps Forward, Few Steps Back

Posted on August 13, 2014 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute hosted an important emergency leadership summit in DC last Thursday on U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing crises in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We heard from National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who spoke to members of our community just as news alerts were coming in about the United States air drop in Iraq and the military strikes against ISIS. With that, our community’s discussions over the troubling U.S. policies on Gaza also turned to the U.S. actions and strategy in Iraq, where important communities, including Iraq’s minorities, are being targeted, excluded and expelled by an “Islamic State.”
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AAI Hosts Emergency Leadership Summit in DC

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Blog

Last week, together with the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations and several other community organizations, AAI convened an emergency summit that brought together 60 leaders from 13 states.

The summit was a direct response to the ongoing humanitarian and political crises across the Middle East. As these crises continue to deepen, AAI acted swiftly to open an direct line of engagement with the policymakers to challenge the prevailing policy and narratives about the Middle East that reflect willful ignorance and an unwillingness to act--even when it is counter to our own national security interest. AAI's reasons for quickly convening this...

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Zogby: Donohue Wrong to Doubt Obama Supports Christians Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in News Clips

Arab American Institute President James Zogby says Catholic League President Bill Donohue is wrong to question whether Christian lives mean anything to President Barack Obama in light of the persecution Christians are facing in the Middle East. "President Obama has spoken up," Zogby told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

Christians in Iraq have been facing increasing persecution by the jihadist group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Those living in the nearly 2,000-year-old Christian commmunity of Mosul were told by ISIS to convert to Islam...

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Mic Check: One, Two

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Countdown
It’s been a rough week for Secretary of State Kerry and most of the Middle East.
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AAI Hosts Hill Briefing on Resettling Iraqi Allies

Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Blog
Caught in the maelstrom of waning media coverage and partisan politics on Iraq are some of the United States’ most indispensable allies�the thousands of Iraqi nationals who advanced the U.S. mission as military translators, journalists, and human rights activists. For the courageous individuals employed on behalf of the United States, the Islamic State's crusade in Iraq does not occasion a captivating news article or impassioned political debate. Rather, it is a crisis with life threatening implications.
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The House Divided: Congress Disagrees Again About U.S. Involvement in Iraq

Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Blog
By Sara Maaiki Summer Intern, 2014 According to a United Nations report, the death toll in Iraq now totals over 2,400 lives lost in the month of June. There are over 370,000 newly displaced Iraqis since the recent rise of the Islamic State group. Last month, President Obama addressed the current crisis in Iraq, saying that the United States “will continue to increase our support to Iraqi security forces.”
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It Just IS

Posted on July 02, 2014 in Countdown
Throughout the past few weeks, Israel has accused Hamas of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and has retaliated by conducting the largest military operation in the West Bank since the second intifada. On Monday, the bodies of the three abducted Israeli teenagers were found in a field in Hebron. “Off the deep end” and “unprecedented,” Israel’s retaliation, which includes over 34 airstrikes in Gaza, has left 13 Palestinians dead and counting, more than 400 Palestinians imprisoned, and numerous buildings and homes destroyed.
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Making Up History to Make Your Case

Posted on June 30, 2014 in Washington Watch
After long-simmering sectarian tensions exploded in Iraq a few weeks back, critics from the right and left have had field day taking their shots at the Obama Administration's Iraq policy, or lack thereof. Recognizing that the situation is fraught with dangers, I appreciate this debate. What I haven't appreciated are the criticisms coming from those who have based their case on a fabricated reality they have invented to suit their purposes.
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