Remembering Clovis Maksoud

Posted by James Zogby on May 16, 2016 in Blog
Clovis Maksoud was an Arab nationalist, par excellence. He was giant intellect who taught generations of Arabs and Arab Americans the importance of transcending sectarian and country-specific particularities and finding common ground in a shared Arab identity.
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Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Press Releases

For immediate release Contact: Jennifer Salan 202-429-9210   Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice 170+ in DC for Hill & Administration Meetings   April 22, 2016 (Washington) As part of its 18th Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala, the Arab American Institute organized its annual advocacy days on Capitol Hill and the White House. This year, AAI partnered with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the National Network for Arab American Communities (NAAC), and the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) to host...

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AAI statement on Senator Ted Cruz’s call for ‘patrolling’ American neighborhoods

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Press Releases

March 22, 2016 With the rest of the world, Arab Americans mourn the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels this morning, we are all traumatized by the violence we are seeing around the world and this is a time for Americans to stand together. We cannot allow ourselves to be divided by pandering political candidates. We cannot turn our backs on what makes us Americans.  Ted Cruz's call for 'empowering law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized’ stands starkly against all that our Constitution embodies and is a rabbit hole we cannot go down. He...

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Alek Wek, Supermodel & Refugee Advocate to Present Gibran Award to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Press Releases
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, supermodel and former refugee Alek Wek will join the Arab American Institute Foundation’s annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards to recognize UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with the Gibran Award for International Commitment.
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President Obama Reappoints James Zogby to Commission on International Religious Freedom

Posted on June 09, 2015 in Press Releases

Contact: Waseem MardiniPhone: (202) 429-9210

WASHINGTON, DC – 6/9/2015 – President Barack Obama has reappointed Arab American Institute President Dr. James J. Zogby to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). AAI Executive Director Maya Berry said "Jim's reappointment is testament to his valuable and critical in support of justice and in defense of religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad" 

Comprised of nine members, USCIRF is charged with monitoring the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership...

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Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday

Posted on April 29, 2015 in Press Releases


April 28, 2015


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Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at

Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday

Salma Hayek, Lawrence Wright, Michael Baroody,

and John Sexton to receive Kahlil Gibran Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice will deliver the keynote address Wednesday evening, April 29, at the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The event at 6:30 pm at the Omni Shoreham Hotel will honor four exceptional individuals for their...

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AAI Joins 150 Civil Rights Orgs to Demand Federal Action on Chapel Hill Murders

Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Blog

AAI joined a coalition of 150 civil rights organizations in a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Eric Holder imploring him to direct the FBI to open a federal hate crime investigation into the tragic slaying of three Arab American Muslims, Deah Shaddy Barakat (23 years old), Yusor Mohammad Abu Salha (21 years old), and Razan Mohammad Abu Salha (19 years old), who were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 10th.

 With hate crimes targeting Arab Americans and American Muslims on the rise, we expect our country’s highest elected officials and the Department of Justice to...

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Todays Middle East: Pressures and Challenges

Posted on December 15, 2014 in Arab American Institute

Zogby Research Services conducted a November 2014 poll for the Sir Bani Yas Forum, an annual event cohosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, "Today's Middle East: Pressures & Challenges," surveyed eight Middle East and North African countries on the emergence of ISIS, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, the growth of sectarianism, the future of Syria and Iraq, Iran's nuclear program, and more. While the poll confirms many prevailing assumptions about regional outlooks, it reveals some surprising shifts in public opinion. A key finding is that despite deep regional...

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: DOJ Profiling Guidance Revisions Fail to Ban Profiling

Posted by on December 08, 2014 in Blog

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder and the White House unveiled much anticipated revisions to 2003 Department of Justice Guidance on the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies (“Guidance”). The DOJ has finally expanded the definition of profiling to prohibit to the use of gender, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to race and ethnicity. While this is a small sign of progress, the Guidance fails to address homeland security and border integrity loopholes as well FBI mapping practices that have created space for routine and egregious constitutional and civil liberties violations.

Holder’s new guidelines...

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AAI Statement on NSA Revelations

Posted by on July 09, 2014 in Blog
According to a news report from Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept, our government has been spying on American citizens. In the most specific claim yet of the federal government’s domestic surveillance program, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigations have been monitoring the email communication of around 202 “U.S. Persons,” including the five American Muslims highlighted by The Intercept..
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