• Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Oct 25, 2021Imad K. Harb Isabella Absi

    Ilhan Omar and Jan Schakowsky introduced the Combating International Islamophobia Act (H.R.5665). The bill mandates that the State Department create a special …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Oct 18, 2021Imad K. Harb Isabella Absi

    The House subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa on October 15 held a briefing on “Tunisia: Examining the State of Democracy and Next Steps for U.S. …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Oct 12, 2021Imad K. Harb Isabella Absi

    Earlier this week, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) blocked an accelerated vote on the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (H.R. 5323). The senator’s…

  • Policy Analysis
    Justice, Equality, and Human Rights

    A “Crisis of Relevance”: UN Failures in the MENA Region

    Oct 5, 2021Yara M. Asi

    On September 21, 2021, in front of the same green marble tile where many of his predecessors and other prominent world leaders have spoken, US President Joe Bi…

  • Policy Analysis
    YemenUS Foreign Policy

    Biden’s Yemen Conundrum

    Oct 5, 2021Nabeel Khoury

    US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan traveled to Riyadh on September 27 and was accompanied by US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking. The visit highl…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Oct 4, 2021Isabella Absi

    The Libya Stabilization Act (H.R.1228) passed the House of Representatives in a roll call vote. Initially introduced in late February of this year by Rep. Theo…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Sep 27, 2021Isabella Absi

    Progressives in the US House of Representatives attempt to block $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system while Austin gives assurances to Gantz of the…

  • Policy Analysis
    SyriaConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Southwestern Syria Tests US-Russia Cooperation

    Sep 22, 2021Joe Macaron

    The US-Russian agreement of July 2017 that led to a fragile stability in southwestern Syria has recently unraveled, testing President Joe Biden’s approach in S…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    President Biden’s Mixed Policies for the Middle East

    Sep 20, 2021

    Marcus Montgomery writes that President Biden is reversing some US policies regarding the Middle East, such as declassifying information on Saudi Arabia’s role…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Sep 13, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    A bipartisan group of House members introduced H.R. 5148 to establish a joint US-Israel center to study and develop artificial intelligence. This bill, which i…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    US-Israel Relations: Time for a Reset or Reevaluation?

    Sep 8, 2021Yousef Munayyer

    As Israel’s prime minister for nearly 12 years in a row, Benjamin Netanyahu greatly shaped the US-Israel relationship in recent history. After his exit from th…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    The fallout from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan has been fierce and partisan. Although it is largely symbolic and has no effect on US policy in the Middle …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Aug 30, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Democratic members of the House draft legislation to help Iraqi and Afghan refugees settle and find employment in the United States; progressive members’ criti…

  • Policy Analysis
    US Foreign Policy

    Humanitarian Lessons from a Century of Conflict in the Middle East

    Aug 26, 2021Yara M. Asi

    For most of the past 20 years, the heavy presence of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan remained in the backdrop of public discourse. While some poli…

  • Policy Analysis
    LebanonEnergy and Economics

    Lebanon’s Energy Crisis Fuels US-Iran Tensions

    Aug 25, 2021Joe Macaron

    In the midst of an economic collapse and an energy crisis, Lebanon has found itself in a tug of war between the United States and Iran. On August 19, Hezbollah…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Aug 23, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress Congress is still observing its August recess. The House is expected to make an earlier return than previously scheduled to consider President Joe …

  • Viewpoint
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfSecurity and Defense

    After Afghanistan, a New Biden Middle East Doctrine Takes Shape

    Aug 19, 2021Imad K. Harb

    If there are lessons to be learned from the disastrous end of the American war in Afghanistan, they would be most applicable to the countries of the Arab Middl…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Aug 16, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Senate hearings on US arms sales to the Middle East and the state of human rights in Morocco; Department of State communications with Arab officials; new sanct…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IraqUS Foreign Policy

    Is Washington Rethinking Its Partnerships in the Middle East?

    There appears to be a slow but noticeable shift in Democratically-controlled Washington as to the countries with which the United States seeks to work closer a…

  • Viewpoint
    US Foreign Policy

    A Tale of Two Donalds: Rumsfeld and Trump

    Jul 28, 2021Laurie King

    In late June, a long forgotten name popped up in news broadcasts: former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had died at the age of 88 after enjoying a cha…

  • Viewpoint
    SyriaUS Foreign Policy

    Rearranging American Priorities in Syria

    Jul 27, 2021Radwan Ziadeh

    On July 17, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took his oath of office in front of parliament after winning the presidential election with 95 percent of the popu…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Jul 26, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) LegislationBassam Barabandi Rewards for Justice Act. On July 20, the House overwhelmingly approved H.R. 1036, the Bassam Barabandi Rewards for Ju…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanRegional Relations and Geopolitics

    King Abdullah’s Visit: Resetting American-Jordanian Relations

    Jul 22, 2021Curtis Ryan

    On July 19, 2021, King Abdullah II of Jordan became the first Arab leader to visit President Joe Biden at the White House. The symbolism alone was significant,…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Jul 19, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Marcus Montgomery reports on House and Senate hearings on the US Agency for International Development’s role in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon; Senate…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanUS Foreign Policy

    King Abdullah Visits Washington amid Jordan’s Woes

    King Abdullah II’s upcoming meetings with President Joe Biden on July 19, and subsequently with leading members of Congress, come at a time when the Hashemite …

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    Misunderstanding Evangelicals and Israel

    Jul 14, 2021Gary M. Burge 

    The dramatic shift in Israel’s leadership this summer, following former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s departure, gave pause to many American evangelicals…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Jul 12, 2021Marcus Montgomery

     I. CongressCongress was away on recess for the July 4th holiday.1) Personnel and CorrespondenceCODEL Travels to Israel, Occupied Territories, Qatar. Afte…

  • Viewpoint
    Palestine/IsraelArab Americans/ Muslim Americans

    The Changing Arab American Activism for Palestine in the United States

    Jul 12, 2021Hani J. Bawardi

    Advocacy for Palestine in the United States has entered a new phase, given the higher level of veracity social media injected into coverage of the latest Israe…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelRegional Relations and Geopolitics

    Moroccan Normalization with Israel: Temporary Deal or Permanent Peace?

    Jul 8, 2021Khalil Al-Anani

    On June 16, 2021, King Mohammed VI of Morocco sent a congratulatory letter to Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett. This might not have been surprising…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    House Democrats Outline Foreign Policy Priorities in FY22 Budget

    The Democratic-controlled House Appropriations Committee last week passed the federal government’s fiscal year 2022 budget. Some notable changes could affect U…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Global Health and Health Policy

    On Capitol Hill, COVID-19 Recovery Aid Seen as Potential Weapon

    Jun 29, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Included in Arab Center Washington DC’s June 21 report was a brief description of a kerfuffle between Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) and some of his constituents…

  • Policy Analysis
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    Raisi’s Election Creates Opportunities and Pitfalls for Iran’s Islamic Republic

    Jun 25, 2021Daniel Brumberg

    In the weeks leading up to Iran’s June 18 presidential elections, one joke making the rounds was that Ebrahim Raisi, then a candidate and now the winner, was r…

  • Policy Analysis
    Regional Relations and Geopolitics

    US-Russian Cooperation in the Middle East after the Biden-Putin Summit

    Jun 24, 2021Joe Macaron

    The June 16 summit between President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, was meant to defuse tensions between the United States and Russia, …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    The Latest Congressional Drama over Israel

    Jun 14, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Once again, Democratic Party infighting—with the disingenuous prodding of House Republicans—has briefly roiled Capitol Hill. This latest round of drama feature…

  • Policy Analysis
    YemenUS Foreign Policy

    Attaining the Difficult Peace in Yemen

    After displaying some optimism about reaching a cease-fire and peace deal in Yemen, the Biden Administration is facing the stark reality that these objectives …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    I. Congress1) LegislationNeighbors Not Enemies Act. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) introduced H.R. 3621, which the congresswoman is calling the Neighbors Not En…

  • Policy Analysis
    Saudi ArabiaUS Foreign Policy

    A Tough Nut to Crack: Rebalancing the US-Saudi Relationship

    Jun 2, 2021Charles W. Dunne

    Out on the campaign trail in 2019, presidential candidate Joe Biden made it clear that when it came to a principled US foreign policy, he intended to be the an…

  • Viewpoint
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    What the United States Needs to Do Now for Calm in Israel and Palestine

    Jun 2, 2021Daoud Kuttab

    For decades, one of Israel’s goals was to cut off the Gaza Strip from the West Bank. It was not just the usual colonial tactic of divide and rule but a strateg…

  • Policy Analysis
    SyriaDemocracy and Governance

    Syria’s Presidential Election and the Absence of the American Role

    Jun 1, 2021Radwan Ziadeh

    On May 26, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won a fourth seven-year term in a practically uncontested election. No one was surprised by the original announceme…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Marcus Montgomery reports on lawmakers’ proposed legislation and resolutions about recent fighting between Israel and the Gaza Strip and about the rise of anti…

  • Policy Analysis
    SyriaUS Foreign Policy

    The Biden Administration and the GCC Rapprochement with Damascus

    May 27, 2021Joe Macaron

    With Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his way to a fourth term in the Syrian presidential election held this week, Moscow is expected to resume its diplomat…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    The Sheikh Jarrah Intifada: Vital Lessons for President Biden

    The recent Palestinian intifada instigated in early May by a series of local clashes between Israeli Jewish settlers and Palestinian activists over the anticip…

  • Viewpoint
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    The Israel-Hamas Cease-fire: Déjà vu All Over Again

    May 25, 2021Laurie King

    May is always a difficult month for Palestinians. Mid-month marks Nakba Day, the annual commemoration of the start of the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948. Over…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    As They Wrangle over Israel Policy, Officials Look Out of Step with Public

    May 24, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Days of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have completely warped the debate over the multiple crises facing Palestinians in the occupied territories an…

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

    The Time Has Come for an American Change on Israel

    May 20, 2021Imad K. Harb

    President Joe Biden has finally uttered the magic word of cease-fire in a telephone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they discussed the o…

  • Policy Analysis
    Women & Gender Issues

    Gender and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

    May 19, 2021Andrea Sakleh

    On November 17, 2001, then First Lady Laura Bush gave a radio address to the nation that lamented Afghan women as victims of an oppressive terrorist regime. Sh…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    Violence in Israel, Palestine Draws Reluctant Biden into the Fray

    May 17, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Tensions in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have escalated significantly in the last week. Israeli security forces and armed, violent Israeli s…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    May 10, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Marcus Montgomery reports that this week in Washington, progressive lawmakers criticized Israeli policies targeting Palestinians in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah n…

  • Policy Analysis
    TurkeyUS Foreign Policy

    The Path to Armenian Genocide Recognition: A Lesson for Palestine Activists?

    The century-old struggle by the Armenian American community for US recognition that the large-scale massacres and deportations of their people in the Ottoman E…

  • Policy Analysis
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    The Israeli Factor in the US-Iran Nuclear Talks

    May 6, 2021Joe Macaron

    As US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was visiting Israel on April 11, Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency orchestrated a mysterious explosion in Iran’s Natanz …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Domestic Politics and Elections

    100 Days in, and Congress Looks to Press Biden on Middle East Priorities

    President Joe Biden surpassed his first 100 days in office, a time span by which successive administrations have tried to prove to the American public that the…

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfUS Foreign Policy

    The United States Ends its Combat Role in Iraq

    At the recent meeting of the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, negotiators decided to end the combat mission of US troops engaged in the fight against remnants of th…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    YemenUS Foreign Policy

    What Next for Yemen?

    Apr 26, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    This week the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism held a hearing to examine Washington’s policy …

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    Will the Natanz Incident Produce Maximum Diplomacy?

    Apr 23, 2021Daniel Brumberg

    Just two days after what appeared to be an Israeli-backed sabotage of Iran’s Natanz enrichment facilities, The Washington Post’s editorial board declared that …

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfUS Foreign Policy

    Yemen’s Critical Moment

    Apr 21, 2021Nabeel A. Khoury

    Tim Lenderking, the American special envoy for Yemen, recently attended a meeting in Germany with representatives of the five permanent members of the United N…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Apr 19, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Marcus Montgomery reports on ongoing congressional legislation regarding US policy toward Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Iran; more confirmation hearings for Pre…

  • Policy Analysis
    Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    Biden’s Apparent Failure on Israel-Palestine

    Apr 13, 2021Imad K. Harb

    President Joe Biden’s 100-day milestone is approaching with pronounced successes in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, righting the ship of the American econom…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Biden Revamps Middle East Policy. Some Lawmakers Won’t Stand for It

    Apr 12, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Although Congress has been on recess and many members have been away from Washington, DC, recent developments pertaining to Iran, Yemen, and Palestine have eli…

  • Policy Analysis
    YemenConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Time to Rethink International Intervention in Yemen

    Apr 7, 2021Nadwa Al-Dawsari

    Ten years ago, youth-led peaceful protests spread in Yemen demanding political reforms and the removal of the corrupt regime of former President Ali Abdullah S…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    I. Congress1) LegislationNo Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Amy Kl…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    Congressional Advocacy for Palestinian Rights in the Post-Trump Era

    Apr 2, 2021Yousef Munayyer

    For nearly 15 years, a partisan divide around the US-Israel relationship has been exacerbated in American politics. It became clear and consistent during the O…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Takes First Step to Reform War Powers

    Mar 29, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    For the first time in nearly two decades, it appears that Congress will finally take concrete steps to rein in US foreign military adventures and put an end to…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanUS Foreign Policy

    Jordan’s Monarchy Reclaims Regional Role under Biden

    Mar 25, 2021Joe Macaron

    To describe the last four years as challenging ones for US-Jordanian relations would be an understatement. President Donald Trump’s absolute support for Israel…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Meet the Biden Administration’s Middle East Policy Makers

    Mar 18, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Since his inauguration, President Joe Biden has moved to staff his administration despite the fact that Washington was paralyzed from the outset with the histo…

  • Policy Analysis
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    Hard-liners Fight for Iran’s Presidency and Foreign Policy

    Mar 17, 2021Daniel Brumberg

    Former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who during the Obama Administration played a pivotal role in negotiating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, recently asserted…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Democracy and Governance

    Congress Outlines Its 2021 Foreign Policy Priorities

    Mar 15, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Observers can infer a great deal about congressional committees’ priorities by examining the topics they choose to explore in their first committee or subcommi…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    The Biden Administration and the Palestinians: Early Policy Indications

    Mar 9, 2021Yousef Munayyer

    The new administration in Washington, about half way through its first 100 days in office, is shaping its foreign policy. President Joe Biden and his team have…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    Saudi ArabiaUS Foreign Policy

    After Iran, Saudi Arabia Faces Scrutiny in Biden’s Washington

    As was demonstrated in Arab Center Washington DC’s (ACW) last report, President Joe Biden has to deal with a divided Washington when it comes to US policy towa…

  • Policy Analysis
    Saudi ArabiaUS Foreign Policy

    Repercussions of the ODNI Khashoggi Report: An Assessment

    Mar 3, 2021Khalil E. Jahshan Imad K. Harb Kristian Coates Ulrichsen Sarah Leah Whitson Rosie Bsheer

    On February 26, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its report on the assassination of US resident and Washington Post columnis…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    President Biden Faces a Washington Divided over Iran

    Although President Joe Biden has expressed an interest in reorienting US foreign policy away from the Middle East, Iran continues to be an issue that his admin…

  • Viewpoint
    Saudi ArabiaUS Foreign Policy

    Mohammed bin Salman in the Hot Seat

    Feb 26, 2021Imad K. Harb

    The Biden Administration’s release on February 26 of a declassified intelligence report implicating Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) in the assassi…

  • Policy Analysis
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    The US and Iran: From Brinkmanship to Negotiations?

    Feb 25, 2021Daniel Brumberg

    In his far-ranging February 21 interview with Iran’s Press TV, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated a bottom line: that Iran would step awa…

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfUS Foreign Policy

    The Biden Administration Contemplates a New Pivot to Asia

    Feb 23, 2021Charles W. Dunne

    Is the pivot to Asia for real this time?That is one of the key questions Washington policy analysts, pundits, and diplomats are asking themselves as President …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Feb 17, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    Marcus Montgomery reports on congressional legislation to increase the number of refugees allowed into the United States; leadership changes reflecting the Dem…

  • Policy Analysis
    US Foreign Policy

    The Limits of US-French Coordination in the Middle East

    Feb 17, 2021Joe Macaron

    Joe Macaron explores the current state of American-French relations regarding the Middle East at the start of the Biden Administration. He lists three main rea…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Feb 10, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    I. CongressOn February 9, the US Senate commenced the second impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump to examine his role in inciting the January …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    I. Congress1) LegislationWHO Is Accountable Act. Ten House Republicans introduced legislation to defund US participation in the World Health Organization (WHO)…

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfUS Foreign Policy

    Biden will Contend with Divergent Middle East Preferences on Iran

    Jan 27, 2021Daniel Brumberg

    The Middle East is experiencing a period of diplomatic and strategic readjustment that will create both challenges and opportunities for the Biden Administrati…

  • Policy Analysis
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    Iran between Avenging Soleimani and Engaging Biden

    Jan 27, 2021Joe Macaron

    Two events in January serve as reminders of how US-Iran dynamics are pulled in two different directions: the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20,…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Jan 27, 2021Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) LegislationCombatting Global Corruption Act. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Todd Young (R-Indiana) have cosponsored S. 14 in order to place…