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Posted on December 19, 2011 in Washington Watch
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...Read more Original Article
Posted on October 31, 2011 in Washington Watch
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,...Read more Original Article
Posted on October 25, 2011 in Countdown
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Posted on October 25, 2011 in Reports
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more Original Article