Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) is a non-partisan, non-profit research organization located in Washington, District of Columbia dedicated to providing insight on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as furthering economic, political, and social understanding of the Arab World in the United States.

ACW relies on contributions from supporters, non-profits, foundations and corporations to provide an objective view from experts in Arab affairs. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, contributions to ACW are deductible under Section 170 of the International Revenue Code.


Our mission is to serve as an authoritative research and policy analysis center on the Arab World; conducting timely, independent and objective research on fundamental aspects of U.S. – Arab relations.


ACW aspires to advance knowledge in the United States of the Arab World and American interests and policies in the region through educational exchange, academic research and policy analysis. We aim to become a key convener on topics that are both timely and salient to multiple stakeholders in the U.S. and the Arab World. We seek to drive conversations, whenever possible, toward developing actionable ideas and strategies, and to spread deeper political, cultural, economic and social understanding of the Middle East.

ACW’s focus includes the following:

  • U.S. policies in a changing Arab World
  • Cultural, historical, political and social dimensions of U.S. foreign policy
  • Economic and trade relations with the Arab countries
  • Perspectives on democracy, human rights and justice in the Arab World
  • U.S. – Arab security and strategic partnerships
  • Regional conflicts and peacemaking in the Middle East
  • The role of U.S. Congress in the Middle East foreign policy


ACW is affiliated with the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) headquartered in Doha, Qatar. ACRPS is one of the premier independent research institutes in the Arab world with particular interest in the social sciences, regional history, and geostrategic affairs. Its research, publications, projects, and events focus on issues and challenge relevant to the Arab World.