Iran Feels Heat Over Support for Damascus

Posted by Farnaz Fassihi on August 31, 2011 in News Clips

BEIRUT—Iran's steadfast support for Syria's regime has rapidly eroded Tehran's credibility among Arabs, leaving the country with a foreign-policy dilemma as popular uprisings mount across the region.

Supporting President Bashar al-Assad will further diminish Tehran's already troubled standing in the region, political analysts say. But abandoning him would crumble Iran's platform in Syria.

"They've lost a lot of soft power and credibility, and the situation in Syria makes it worse," said Paul Salem, director of the Middle East Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "There are new revolutions and heroes to look up to in the Middle East, and Iran is...

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Arab American Health Today: A Discussion with Dr. Abdulrahman M El-Sayed

Posted by on August 08, 2011 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

Although Arab Americans are featured prominently in the media and public discourse, there is still limited research available on the health of Arab Americans. This dearth in information exists largely because large statistical projects to quantify the health of Arab Americans have not been undertaken. These projects are hindered by the lack of data on the Arab American population due to a massive undercount of the community by the Census Bureau, which identifies only a portion of the Arab American population through a...

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Critics of Polls Disrespect Arab Public Opinion

Posted on August 08, 2011 in Washington Watch
Critics' reactions to polling results can sometimes be as interesting and disturbing as the results themselves. During the month of July, we released the findings of a six nation survey of Arab public opinion on topics ranging from the standing of the U.S. two years after President Obama's celebrated Cairo University speech, to evolving Arab attitudes toward Iran, and the expectations created by the "Arab Spring".
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Poll shows Iran has lost Arab support

Posted by Jumana Al Tamimi on August 03, 2011 in News Clips

Dubai: After a few years of supporting Iran for its defiant stance towards Washington, Arab peoples have today a different position amid their "spring": they are less supportive of Tehran and they consider the US irrelevant.

A recently released poll by the Arab-American Institute (AAI) in six Arab countries showed a "significant" decrease in Iran's favourable ratings since 2006 and 2008, explained James Zogby, founder and president of AAI.

That time, the Arab public opinion was supportive of Iran's nuclear programme and looked at it as "active defiance to the West", he noted.

However, many things have changed in the...

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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 8

Posted on August 02, 2011 in Countdown
Finally, an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, a politician willing to take on crazy talk (he may not be who you expected), and more evidence that it's time to Yalla Change!
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Iran’s Freefall

Posted on August 01, 2011 in Washington Watch
Iran's favorable ratings are in a "freefall" across the Arab World, with Iran's behavior in Iraq, Bahrain, and the Arab Gulf region being viewed negatively by most Arabs. These are a few of the key findings of an Arab American Institute poll conducted by Zogby International during the first three weeks of June, 2011. The poll surveyed over 4,000 Arabs from Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and UAE, and has a margin of error of 3.5% (in Morocco, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) and 4.5% (in Lebanon, Jordan, and UAE).
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Hannah Rosenthal, Salam Al-Marayati, Geneive Abdo

Posted on July 29, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 7/28/2011 Hannah Rosenthal, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, U.S. Department of State; Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Geneive Abdo, Fellow and Iran analyst at The Century Foundation.
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Poll: Arab views of Iran plummet in wake of Arab spring

Posted by Hilary Krieger on July 27, 2011 in News Clips

 WASHINGTON – Arab attitudes towards Iran have worsened sharply in recent years, according to a new six-nation poll released by the Arab American Institute Wednesday.Since 2006, Iran’s favorability has plummeted from the 70-90 percent range among Arab countries to a current range of 10-40%, with the average favorability rating at just 27.5%. Of the six countries surveyed – Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – only Lebanon’s, at 63%, has a majority favorability rating. Saudis’ views are the worst, with only 6% viewing Iran favorably.

“Their quest for hegemony is one that is...

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Arab Attitudes Toward Iran: 2011

Posted on July 27, 2011 in Reports

Findings from part two of the the latest Arab American Institute six Arab nations poll show real concern with Iran’s current and future role in the region.The poll surveys six Arab nations’ attitudes towards Iran and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issues. The key finding is that a substantial majority of Arabs believe that Iran plays a negative role in both Iraq and the Arab Gulf region. Conducted during the first three weeks of June by Zogby International, over 4,000 Arabs were surveyed, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5% in Morocco, Egypt, KSA; and +/- 4.5% in Lebanon,...

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Poll: Sharp drop in Iran’s popularity in Arab world

Posted by Natasha Mozgovaya on July 27, 2011 in News Clips

New poll by the Arab American Institute shows Arab public in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, and UAE sees Iran's role in the region as mostly negative. Iran's popularity in the Arab world has sharply dropped in the past decade, according to a new poll by the Arab American Institute presented in Washington, D.C on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted in June in six Arab countries - Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates - shows that Iran has become a regional irritant. The U.S. diplomatic cables exposed by WikiLeaks have shown last year that...

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