U.S.-Egypt Relations on the Rocks

Posted on February 13, 2012 in Washington Watch
The U.S.-Egypt relationship is on the rocks. If it is to be salvaged, both sides will need to change course and pay attention to the concerns of their respective publics, both of whom now hold negative views of each other.
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AAI Poll: U.S. Favorable Attitudes Toward Egypt at 33%

Posted by on February 09, 2012 in Blog
For the first time in two decades, U.S. opinion toward Egypt is in sharp decline with an overall favorability of 33%, according to a poll released by the Arab American Institute today. In July 2011, AAI polling showed 5% of Egyptians held a favorable view of the U.S. The poll released today was conducted by JZ Analytics for NYU Abu Dhabi in January 2012, and surveyed 997 Americans nationwide. Key findings include:
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AAI Poll: U.S. Favorable Attitudes Toward Egypt at 33%

Posted by on February 09, 2012 in Blog
For the first time in two decades, U.S. opinion toward Egypt is in sharp decline with an overall favorability of 33%, according to a poll released by the Arab American Institute today. In July 2011, AAI polling showed 5% of Egyptians held a favorable view of the U.S. The poll released today was conducted by JZ Analytics for NYU Abu Dhabi in January 2012, and surveyed 997 Americans nationwide. Key findings include:
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U.S. Attitudes Toward Egypt (2012)

Posted on February 09, 2012 in Reports

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

JZ Analytics was commissioned by New York University (Abu Dhabi) to conduct an online survey of American attitudes toward Egypt. Conducted in January 2012, the poll shows:

• Americans hold a net negative view of Egypt• Americans are wary of the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in government• Americans are sharply divided along partisan lines when it comes to future U.S.-Egyptianrelations• 60% of Americans say they need to know more about Egypt; 55% say their knowledge aboutEgypt comes from the media

The continued turmoil in Egypt, the behavior of the military authority (SCAF), and questions about the Muslim Brotherhood's new...

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Foreign policy for Republicans, and others: Part I

Posted by on February 09, 2012 in News Clips

For a while, we were concerned that the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination were not saying much about national security and foreign affairs. Now that a few have started, maybe they were better off before. Certainly, the Republican hopefuls have put to rest any lingering notion that their party is the one to trust with the nation’s security... the candidates offer largely bad analysis and worse solutions, nothing that suggests real understanding or new ideas... American voters deserve thoughtful answers. They’re not getting them. Republicans and Foreign Policy – New York Times...

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Why Aren’t More Arab Americans Working in Mainstream Journalism?

Posted by Columbia Journalism Review on January 31, 2012 in News Clips

There are anywhere between 3.5 and 5.1 million Americans of Arab descent, according to figures from the Arab American Institute, yet relatively few work in journalism full time. While meaningful estimates aren’t known, as journalism scholars that conduct demographic research in American newsrooms do not typically tally newsmakers of Arab descent, the National Arab American Journalists Association counts around 250 members, and half of those work for Arab American ethnic news organizations. (It should be said that the US government estimates upwards of two million Arab Americans, but the federal government essentially surrenders authority on this figure, as census forms...

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Bridging the Divide

Posted on January 30, 2012 in Washington Watch
ABU DHABI, UAE: I've just finished teaching a three week January term course at New York University's Abu Dhabi campus (NYUAD). I've had the great fortune to teach before at some wonderful schools across the U.S. But this, for me, was a special experience, the result of the unique mix of students who had been brought together in this one place.
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Listening and Learning: Arab Opinion Matters

Posted on January 17, 2012 in Washington Watch
I listened attentively to Syrian President Bashar al Assad's most recent speech in which he berated the Arab League's intervention to help stem the violence currently racking his country. Claiming that he was listening to his countrymen and speaking for them and that his regime was the standard-bearer of "Arabism,” al Assad denounced the League as not representing true Arab sentiment. For obvious reasons, we can't poll in Syria right now, but as the past ten months of mass protests and the unremitting and largely regime-sponsored violence have made clear, al Assad may speak for some, but certainly not all Syrians.
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Iraq War: Not Over and Danger Ahead

Posted on December 26, 2011 in Washington Watch
The dust left in the wake of U.S. forces departing from Iraq had barely settled when Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki intensified his crackdown against Sunni Arab leaders, deepening the country’s sectarian divide. While American leaders may speak glowingly of Iraq's new democracy, all evidence points to serious problems on the road ahead. This can be discerned both from events on the ground and also from the results of our most recent poll of Iraqi public opinion.
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POLL: Iraqis Say They’re Worse Off After War, View Iran Unfavorably

Posted by Ali Gharib on December 20, 2011 in News Clips

An accusation that a vice president led a death squad that targeted police and government officials roiled Iraqi politics yesterday — just a day after the last of the U.S. forces there withdrew across the border. The crisis deepened today when, speaking from the autonomous Kurdish north — out of reach of the central government’s security forces — the Sunni politician denied the charges and accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of using the warrant as a ploy to consolidate power. Does any of this dramatic political maneuvering surprise the Iraqi people? Judging by a poll released yesterday,...

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