US Policy Reversal on Israeli Settlements: The Rationale and Implications of the Trump Administration’s Proclamation
November 22, 2019
On Monday, November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump Administration does not view Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank as illegal, thus reversing longstanding US policy and contravening international law and consensus. ACW is convening a panel to analyze this announcement by the Trump Administration. Experts will address the rationale behind this move and the significance of its timing, especially in the context of the administration’s upcoming peace plan. They will examine the political and legal implications for US policy toward Palestine/Israel, the role of the international community, and the impact on the national, legal, and human rights of Palestinians.
Media and Democracy in the Arab World: The Future of Freedoms and Rights in the Digital Era
October 31, 2019
Arab Center Washington DC organized its fourth annual conference dedicated to exploring the role of media and new technologies in human rights and democracy in the Arab world. Conference sessions and topics will include: Arab democracy in the information age; Cyber geopolitics and digital warfare in the Arab world; New media and new authoritarianism; Press freedom and the prospects of digital activism; Identity politics and the weaponization of social media; Silencing dissent and the politics of cyber espionage; Accountability and ethical policies in cyber space.
The Future of Yemen: Between Internal Divisions and External Interference
September 11, 2019
Join us to discuss the future of Yemen in light of the UAE's announcement of its withdrawal, the current developments on the ground, the future of the Saudi-Emirati relations, and the prospects of the US-brokered talks.
Arab Women’s Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gendered Revolutions
August 22, 2019
Join us for a conversation and book talk luncheon with Dr. Sahar Khamis on Arab women's activism before, during, and after the Arab Spring. Sahar Khamis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. An expert on Arab and Muslim media, she served as the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department at Qatar University and as a former Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.
Confrontation in the Gulf: Unpacking Recent Escalations and the Prospects of US-Iran Talks
August 08, 2019
Arab Center Washington DC held a briefing on August 8, 2019 to discuss the current tensions in the Arabian Gulf, the possibility of war between the US and Iran, and the prospects for talks. Speakers included: Daniel Brumberg, Shireen Hunter, Kenneth Katzman, Assal Rad, and Barbara Slavin.
America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump
July 25, 2019
Donald Trump's attitudes toward Islam became a key point of contention on the campaign trail, and in power Trump has continued his war of divisive words and deeds. In this book, acclaimed journalist Lawrence Pintak scrutinizes America's relationship with Islam since its foundation. Casting Donald Trump as a symptom of decades of misunderstanding and demonization of the Islamic world, as well as a cause of future tensions, Pintak shows how and why America's relationship with the world's largest religion has been so fractious, damaging, and self-defeating.
The Assad Regime, Political Power, and the Future of Syria
July 09, 2019
In spring 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned to his friend and army commander, Manaf Tlass, for advice about how to respond to Arab Spring-inspired protests. Tlass pushed for conciliation but Assad decided to crush the uprising, an act that would catapult the country into an eight-year-long war, killing almost half a million Syrians and fueling terrorism and a global refugee crisis. Assad or We Burn the Country examines Syria’s tragedy through the generational saga of the Assad and Tlass families, once deeply intertwined—and now estranged—in Bashar’s bloody quest to preserve his father’s inheritance. By drawing on his own reporting experience in Damascus and exclusive interviews with Tlass, Dagher takes readers inside palace walls to reveal the family behind the destruction of a country and the chaos of an entire region.