• Policy Analysis

    Wanted: A US Strategy in the Middle East

    Apr 11, 2016Yousef Munayyer

    In 2006, as Israel and Hezbollah were engaged in what would be a 34­day war, the longest of any Arab­Israeli war since 1948, US Secretary of State Condoleezza …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    EgyptThe GCC

    Congressional Update – April 11, 2016

    Apr 11, 2016

    I. Iran:On April 5, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) held a hearing on Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Test…

  • Policy Analysis

    The promise of democratic socialism: Bernie Sanders, Palestine, and US policy in the Middle East

    Apr 11, 2016

    Bernard (or Bernie) Sanders is one of two remaining candidates running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2016 US presidential elections. Following …

  • Research Paper

    Time for Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation in Syria

    Apr 8, 2016Radwan Ziadeh

    Transitional justice refers to a group of activities or investigations that focuses on communities with a legacy of human rights violations, genocide, or other…

  • Research Paper

    Jordan’s Azraq Refugee Camp – A Pictorial Essay

    Mar 25, 2016Priscilla Philippi

    When the conflict in Syria broke out in March of  2011, there was no indication as to the duration or the enormity of the ensuing humanitarian crisis.  Accordi…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – March 23, 2016

    Mar 23, 2016

    Note:  Congress has adjourned for the Easter break.  The Senate will return to session on Monday, April 4. The House is scheduled to return to session on Tuesd…

  • Policy Analysis

    The Obama Doctrine from a Middle East Perspective: Orientalism, Inaction, Contradiction, and Lack of Accountability

    Mar 18, 2016

    In a lengthy narrative collection of conversations and interviews with President Obama and others, journalist Jeffry Goldberg’s tedious tale of “The Obama Doct…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Migrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016

    Mar 18, 2016

    On March 16, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would provide for an annual adjustment of the number of admissible refugees to the United …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Congressional Update – March 11, 2016

    Mar 11, 2016

    1. IsraelUS-Israel Economic Relationship: On March 1, Senators David Perdue (R-Georgia), Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) introduced SRes 38…

  • Policy Analysis

    Saudi Arabia Goes on the Offensive against Hezbollah

    Mar 8, 2016Joe Macaron

    Saudi Arabia’s explicit identification of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah as a strategic threat is a tipping point in the underlying tensions between both sides. …

  • Policy Analysis

    US Presidential Candidates’ Middle East Policy Positions (Infographics)

    Mar 8, 2016

    In five simple infographics, this report summarizes the US presidential candidates’ positions on all the important Middle East issues. The infographic report c…

  • Public Opinion Survey
    Bar chart showing a majority of those in the Arab world believe Democracy is the best form of government for their home country.
    Democracy and Governance

    The 2015 Arab Opinion Index: Arab Public Attitudes Towards Democracy

    Mar 7, 2016

    The 2015 Arab Opinion Index (AOI) is the fourth in a series of yearly public opinion surveys conducted by The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRP…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LebanonUS Foreign Policy

    Congressional Update – February 29, 2016

    Feb 29, 2016

    1. Terrorism(1) Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a Foreign Terrorist Organization (HR 3892) – On February 23, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 3892,…

  • Policy Analysis

    US in Libya: The Challenges of a Third Front against ISIL

    Feb 25, 2016Joe Macaron

    President Barack Obama’s Administration is considering the opening of a critical third front against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Libya. …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Religion; Political Islam

    Congressional Update – February 25, 2016

    Feb 25, 2016

    Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a Foreign Terrorist Organization (HR 3892)On February 23, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 3892, a bill to designat…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Domestic Politics and Elections

    Glossary of Legislative Terms

    Feb 16, 2016

    Act – A bill passed in identical Form by both houses of Congress and signed into law by the President or enacted over his veto. Also called a Public Law.Amendm…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Security and Defense

    Congressional Update – February 16, 2016

    Feb 16, 2016

    1. PalestinePLO Office – On February 10 Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Subcommittee on …

  • Policy Analysis

    Presidential Elections 2016: Profile of Senator Bernie Sanders

    Feb 8, 2016Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Policy Analysis

    Presidential Elections 2016: Profile of Senator Ted Cruz

    Feb 7, 2016

    Personal Background:Senator Ted Cruz was elected to the US Senate from Texas in November 2012, replacing fellow Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. He is …

  • Policy Analysis

    The Emergence of a New Triangular Relationship in the Middle East

    Jan 29, 2016Joe Macaron

    The implementation of the Iran nuclear deal on January 16 reinforced the emergence of a new triangular relationship in the Middle East involving the United Sta…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – January 20th, 2016

    Jan 20, 2016Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Domestic Politics and Elections

    Understanding The US Legislative Process

    Jan 10, 2016

    Forms of Congressional ActionUnder the US Constitution, Congress initiates legislation. Legislation passed by Congress must be signed by the President to becom…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Domestic Politics and Elections

    Foreign Assistance Legislation: The Authorization and Appropriation Process

    Jan 9, 2016

    Authorization versus Appropriations LegislationTheory: In theory, Congress should follow a two-step legislative process (authorization and appropriation) that …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Security and Defense

    Congressional Update – January 8, 2016

    Jan 8, 2016

    1. FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations ActMiddle East Provisions of the State, Foreign Operations bill in the Consolidated Appropriations bill.In the days imme…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Domestic Politics and Elections

    The Foreign Policy Powers of Congress

    Jan 8, 2016

    The US Constitution contains ambiguities regarding the roles of Congress and the President in making foreign policy. In practice, strong Presidents and legisla…

  • Public Opinion Survey
    Pie chart indicating the Arab world has an overwhelmingly negative view of ISIL (ISIS).
    SyriaViolent Extremism

    The 2015 Arab Opinion Index: ISIL and Syria

    Dec 21, 2015

    The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies 2015 Arab Opinion Index (AOI) was based on 18,311 face-to-face interviews conducted in 12 different Arab countr…

  • Policy Analysis

    The “Dos and Don’ts” of Defeating ISIS: Obama’s wasted 13-minutes

    Dec 6, 2015Tamara Kharroub Roxanne Perugino

    Tamara Kharroub and Roxanne Perugino

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Congressional Update – November 6, 2015

    Nov 6, 2015Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Domestic Politics and Elections

    Representative Paul Ryan: Speaker of the US House of Representatives

    Nov 2, 2015Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Congressional Update – October 30, 2015

    Oct 30, 2015Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Research Paper

    Beyond Trump: Celebrity Candidates, Mediatization of Politics, and US Middle East Policy

    Oct 20, 2015Tamara Kharroub

    The political and media discussions of the presidential campaigns have given great attention to some of the most flamboyant GOP nomination candidates (a.k.a. c…

  • Policy Analysis

    Russia’s Middle East Moves and US Options

    Oct 15, 2015Yousef Munayyer

    BackgroundIn recent weeks, Russia has taken quite significant and surprising steps to deepen and strengthen its support for the Assad regime in Syria. Russia h…

  • Research Paper
    Religion; Political Islam

    Five things you need to know about women in Islam: Implications for advancing women’s rights in the Middle East

    Oct 4, 2015Tamara Kharroub

    The issue of women’s rights in Islam has been a contentious area of discussions and intense debates both in the Muslim world and in the West. The two dominant …

  • Research Paper

    Cyberactivism in the Middle East: Six potentials and six limitations of new media technologies in democratization

    Sep 30, 2015Tamara Kharroub

    The question that has been the center of discussion both in the Arab world and in the West is why now. What role did the new media tools play in motivating, fa…

  • Research Paper

    Understanding Violent Extremism: The Social Psychology of Identity and Group Dynamics

    Sep 25, 2015Tamara Kharroub

    The issue of violent extremism has been the center of media and policy attention in the United States especially since 9/11. Numerous research and analysis pap…

  • Policy Analysis

    The Dynamics of Israeli Settler Terrorism and US Options

    Sep 15, 2015Yousef Munayyer

    IntroductionOn July 31, 2015, Palestinian homes in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank were set on fire at night by masked assailants who left behind…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Congressional Update – July 31, 2015

    Jul 31, 2015Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Policy Analysis

    The Iran Nuclear Deal and its Implications for the Region

    Jul 31, 2015Yousef Munayyer

    The agreement reached by the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US), the EU and the Islamic Republic of Iran over the latter’s nuclear progr…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Palestine/IsraelProtests and Activism

    The War against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

    Jun 22, 2015Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    The Supreme Court Decision on Jerusalem

    Jun 9, 2015Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino

  • Public Opinion Survey
    Public Opinion

    The 2014 Arab Opinion Index

    Sep 28, 2014

     The 2014 Arab Opinion Index is the third annual survey of Arab public opinion carried out by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. In 2011, th…

  • Public Opinion Survey
    Public Opinion

    The 2012-2013 Arab Opinion Index

    Jun 10, 2013

    On Monday, June 10, 2013, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies announced the main findings of the 2012/2013 Arab Opinion Index. Conducted annually b…

  • Public Opinion Survey
    Public Opinion

    The 2011 Arab Opinion Index: Executive Summary

    Mar 1, 2012

    The survey in question was conducted during 2011 in 12 Arab countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine (the West Bank and…