• Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    “Shoulder to Shoulder with Sorrow”: Afghan Refugees, Past and Present

    Sep 9, 2021Yara M. Asi

    For weeks, images and stories of Afghans leaving their homeland have flooded all forms of media. Recent events only emphasized just how difficult life is for t…

  • Policy Analysis
    Migrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    The “Unhealable Rift” of Exile: The Plight of Arab Refugees

    Jan 26, 2021Yara M. Asi

    Yara M. Asi studies the current conditions of refugees in the Arab world--focusing on those from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, and Palestine--who have fled their …

  • Policy Analysis
    SyriaMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Loss of a Generation: The Education of Syria’s Refugee Children

    Aug 25, 2020Yara M. Asi

    Yara M. Asi reports that almost ten years of homelessness, poverty, and trauma have deprived millions of Syria’s children and youth—displaced inside the countr…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    The Nakba 72 Years On: The Current Status of the Question of Palestine

    May 15, 2020Imad K. Harb Khalil E. Jahshan Tamara Kharroub Yousef Munayyer Marwan Bishara Diana Buttu

    Arab Center Washington DC research fellows and associates share their opinions and perspectives on the question of Palestine as Palestinians and the world mark…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    The Palestinians Are on Their Own

    Feb 13, 2020Imad K. Harb

    Palestinians should not rely on support from Arab accommodationists or rejectionists of Trump’s peace plan but must devise a new strategy for national renewal …

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Trump’s Syria Decision and the Damage to US Foreign Policy

    Oct 22, 2019Charles W. Dunne

    The fallout from President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision on October 6 to order US troops to stand aside as Turkey launched a long-planned incursion into north…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    New Report Illustrates Folly of US Syria Policy

    Sep 25, 2019Marcus Montgomery

    A Congress-mandated Syria Study Group recommends that the United States buys time in Syria while pressure builds on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, with th…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Turkey’s Nativist Turn against Syrian Refugees and Other Arabs

    Jul 23, 2019Mustafa Gurbuz

    The key drivers that fuel the recent nativist sentiment in Turkey are the worsening economy and the politicization of the refugee issue by divisive election ca…

  • Policy Analysis
    BahrainMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    The Kushner Bahrain Ordeal: Why Are the Palestinians Boycotting?

    May 31, 2019Khalil E. Jahshan

    The proposed US “Peace to Prosperity” workshop in Bahrain is destined to fail because it ignores Palestinian participation and avoids linking economic prosperi…

  • Policy Analysis
    Saudi ArabiaMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    As Congress Scrutinizes Yemen, Spotlight Shines on Saudi Arabia and Its Partners

    Apr 9, 2019Charles W. Dunne

    Congress's vote to end US support for the war in Yemen reflects growing anger at Saudi Arabia. That anger is also extending to two of the kingdom’s closest all…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    The Policy of No Return: The Case of Syrian Refugees

    Apr 2, 2019Radwan Ziadeh

    The third annual conference to support Syrian refugees concluded in Brussels with $7 billion pledged but without political commitments, exposing shortcomings a…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantIdentity Politics and Sectarianization

    Is Anti-Zionism a Form of Anti-Semitism?

    Mar 3, 2019Azmi Bishara

    Visiting the Quatzenheim Jewish cemetery in eastern France on February 27 after dozens of graves were vandalized with swastikas, French President Emmanuel Macr…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending September 28, 2018

    Sep 28, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    While Trump and company take their anti-Iran campaign to the UN General Assembly, Congress entertains a slate of legislation regarding Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah,…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Defunding UNRWA: Ramifications for Countries Hosting Palestinian Refugees

    Disbanding UNRWA will not only be disastrous for registered Palestinian refugees, but it will also have a serious and adverse impact on the countries hosting t…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Washington Adopts Israel’s Positions: The Refugee Chapter

    Aug 29, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    President Trump has presided over making American policy toward Israel and Palestine more in line with Israeli positions; now with respect to the Palestinian r…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending August 24, 2018

    Aug 24, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. CongressThe House remains on recess, but the Senate worked its first full week since taking a brief recess earlier in August. The upper chamber is looking t…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending June 29, 2018

    Jun 29, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress 1) LegislationDefense Spending. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2019 whi…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon: The Politics of their Return

    Jun 28, 2018Joe Macaron

    Overwhelmed by their own economic woes, Jordan and Lebanon are employing different tactics to achieve the same objective: to secure the return of Syrian refuge…

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Hodeida and the Changing American Position

    After opposing Saudi-UAE plans to take the vital Hodeida port, the Trump Administration is now supporting the operation to show it will actively oppose so-call…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Seventy Years of Nakba: Ending a Process that Has Not Stopped

    May 3, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    On May 15, 2018, Palestinians commemorate 70 years of their Nakba, the catastrophe of dispossession and homelessness that unfolded when the state of Israel was…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    BahrainMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending February 16, 2018

    Feb 16, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Congressional hearings on global threats to the US; Trump’s illusive peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians; the state of human rights in Bahrain; Tillerso…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending February 2, 2018

    Congress comes out in support of Syrians; President Trump delivers his first SOTU; US Diplomats pan the Middle East and Special Representative Greenblatt pushe…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending October 27, 2017

    Oct 27, 2017Marcus Montgomery

    Congress moves to counter Iran and Hezbollah; administration officials visit the Middle East; Supreme Court dismisses second travel ban challenge.

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    The Challenges of Turkey’s Operation in Syria’s Idlib

    Oct 19, 2017Mustafa Gurbuz

    Turkey is concerned about who controls neighboring Idlib Province in Syria but is equally interested in thwarting the Syrian Kurds’ plans for autonomy south of…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Migrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending September 29, 2017

    Sep 29, 2017Marcus Montgomery

    Congress makes progress toward further sanctions on Hezbollah; Trump issues new limits on travelers and refugees coming to the US; Ambassador to Israel David F…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Migrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending September 22, 2017

    Sep 22, 2017Marcus Montgomery

    Senate passes NDAA, eyes passage of bill to provide relief for victims of genocide; President Trump makes first trip to the United Nations General Assembly; fa…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IraqMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending September 15, 2017

    Sep 15, 2017Marcus Montgomery

    The House passes its FY 2018 spending bill and the Senate debates the National Defense Authorization Act; State Department officials travel abroad to talk Iran…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending September 8, 2017

    The Senate moves closer to deciding on a State Department budget; Kuwaiti delegation canvasses Washington; Nikki Haley takes aim at Iran deal; and Trump’s trav…

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqIdentity Politics and Sectarianization

    Potential for Intercommunal Violence in Iraq and Syria

    Aug 9, 2017Mustafa Gurbuz

    The legacy of authoritarianism, the rise of sectarian sentiments, ethno-nationalist aspirations, communal grievances about government neglect, and outside inte…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending July 14, 2017

    Jul 14, 2017Marcus Montgomery

    The House eyes funding for the Departments of Defense and State; the Tunisian Prime Minister visits Washington; Qatar decries the humanitarian costs of the Gul…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Is Enforced Displacement the New Reality in Syria?

    Apr 28, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    It is feared that forced displacement of Syrians as a way of protecting vulnerable civilians may result in creating pure sectarian enclaves, making partition e…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Will Erdogan’s Victory Usher Dramatic Changes in Turkish Foreign Policy?

    Apr 25, 2017Mustafa Gurbuz

    Since becoming Turkey’s president in July 2014, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has pursued a protracted campaign to win constitutional changes that would grant him more …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending March 31, 2017

    Mar 31, 2017Roxanne Perugino

    I. JASTA UpdateOn March 28, the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP hosted a webinar focused on recent developments related to the Justice against Sponsors of Terrori…

  • Policy Analysis

    The US at the UN and the Apartheid Report on Palestine

    Mar 29, 2017Yousef Munayyer

    Earlier this month and for the first time in the history of the United Nations, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)—a UN institution—is…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending March 17, 2017

    Mar 17, 2017

    I. Courts Block President Trump’s Revised Executive Order on a Travel BanPresident Donald Trump’s revised March 6, 2017 Executive Order, which was scheduled to…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending March 3, 2017

    Mar 6, 2017Roxanne Perugino

    I. Muslim and Refugee Ban Executive OrderOn Monday, March 6, President Trump announced a new travel ban Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Te…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending February 24, 2017

    Feb 24, 2017

    Congress has been in recess this past week in observance of Presidents’ Day so capitol Hill has been relatively quiet. The House and Senate will reconvene on M…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update, February 17, 2017

    Feb 17, 2017

    I. US Ambassador-designate David Friedman Testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeOn Thursday, February 16, David Friedman, President Trump’s ch…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update, February 3, 2017

    Feb 3, 2017

    I. “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” referred to as the Muslim BanPresident Donald Trump’s January 27 Executive Order…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    EgyptMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update  

    Jan 26, 2017Roxanne Perugino

    I. Legislation to Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization Re-introducedThe issue of designating the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a foreign terrorist o…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update

    Jun 24, 2016

    The House abruptly adjourned on June 22 amid chaos when Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor disrupting proceedings.  Led by civil rights icon Represen…

  • 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…

  • 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
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – January 20th, 2016

    Jan 20, 2016Roxanne Perugino

    Roxanne Perugino