AAI Poll Release: Arab Public Opinion on Iraq Withdrawal

Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Blog
Today, the Arab American Institute released two polls on Arab public opinion regarding the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Arab political concerns in a post-Arab Spring Middle East. Among the countries surveyed were Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Iran. On the U.S. withdrawl from Iraq, respondents were asked (among other things) to weigh in on the state of the country today, and consequences of the war for the future.
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The “Arab Spring” Effect

Posted on December 19, 2011 in Washington Watch
Nine months into the “Arab Spring,” we surveyed public opinion in seven Arab countries and Iran, asking over 6,000 respondents about their primary political concerns and their degree of satisfaction with the pace of change taking place in their countries. What we found was that an "Arab Spring" effect had occurred, with reform and rights issues now being perceived as political priorities in most countries.
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Obama gets the hang of war

Posted by Frida Ghitis on November 07, 2011 in News Clips

Editor's note: Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for The Miami Herald and World Politics Review. A former CNN producer/correspondent, she is the author of "The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television."

(CNN) -- It seems a memory from a distant time: A charismatic Sen. Barack Obama, railing against the war in Iraq to rapturous cheers from anti-war voters; the campaign trail crowds overflowing with electrified activists, many convinced he shared their opposition to the use of force. A supremely self-assured Obama declaring he would hold face-to-face meetings with the leaders...

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Poll: Syria’s Growing Isolation Among Arabs

Posted on October 31, 2011 in Washington Watch
Several months back, when the Arab League suspended Libya's membership and passed a resolution supporting a "no-fly zone" over the country; it appeared to be a one-off affair. Muammar Qadhafi had worked hard, for decades, to make himself a regional pariah. His bizarre behavior, his reign of terror, and his absurd policy pronouncements had long outraged and embarrassed many across the Arab World.
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Arab World Opinion Turns Overwhelmingly Against Syria’s Assad

Posted by Heather Horn on October 26, 2011 in News Clips

As atrocities in Syria continue, the question is inevitable: is the international community doing enough? Certainly the Syrian regime is, in analyst-speak, "increasingly isolated," but what does that actually mean? There have been the usual condemnations of violence. Individuals like the U.N. high commissioner for human rights have called for the international community to protect Syrian civilians. It's no surprise, of course, that the Western bit of the international community in particular is increasingly irritated, to say the least, with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. But if you're really looking to nail down what kind of "isolation" we're talking about,...

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Have They Learned Nothing?

Posted on October 25, 2011 in Countdown
Because Bashar is popular, Obama ruined the Arab Spring, and Cain knows everything.
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AAI Releases Dramatic New Poll on Syria and the Assad Regime

Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Blog
This morning, AAI released a new poll on Arab attitudes towards Syria, comprised of data from six Arab nations and over four thousand respondents. AAI President Jim Zogby began the release by recalling a 2008 poll AAI had conducted in the Arab world for the BBC. The data from this 2008 poll reveals that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was among the most highly respected and widely supported leaders in the Arab World. Now, a mere three years later, new AAI polling data shows Bashar to be virtually isolated in the Arab world.
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Arab Attitudes Toward Syria: 2011

Posted on October 25, 2011 in Reports

Executive Summary

What emerges is stark relief from the results of this poll is the degree to which the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad has become isolated and is looked on with near universal disfavor across the entire Arab world. Just three years ago, we polled in 11 Arab countries asking respondents to name a leader they most respected. In five of these countries, Bashar Al Assad ranked among the top three mentioned - the only Arab leader to be mentioned in more than two states. As the results presented below make clear today, support for Al Assad has virtually dried up.

The overwhelming...

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Press Briefing: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government

Posted on October 19, 2011 in Press Releases

Press Briefing: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government WASHINGTON - October 19, 2011 - Early next week, the Arab American Institute will hold a press briefing in its offices for the release of its newest Arab Opinion poll: Arab Attitudes Toward the Syrian Revolt and the Assad Government. Across the Arab world, a remarkable consensus has emerged in support of demonstrators opposing the Syrian government. There is also near-unanimous agreement that Assad can no longer govern in Syria. These are but two of the findings of a poll to be released by the Arab...

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The west has a chance to create a new narrative with the Arab world

Posted by John Esposito on September 18, 2011 in News Clips

Upheaval in the Middle East offers the US and EU an opportunity to change their failed approach to the region

The current transformation in the Arab world offers new opportunities for rebuilding Arab-west relations. The challenge for American and EU policymakers is to construct a new framework to replace a failed paradigm that was based on support for authoritarian regimes and "democratic exceptionalism" in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

They must move beyond policies that equated protection of their national interests with the stability of regimes and were driven more by fear of the unknown than support for western principles...

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