POINTS OF VIEW: A Vision of Islam in America

Many Muslims in America, who reject extremist interpretations of Islam both at home and abroad, feel that their views are not always adequately represented in the escalating debate about the place of Islam in the United States and other Western countries. Seeking a voice that would speak for them, many look to Imam Feisal More »

POINTS OF VIEW: Islamic Discourse in an Online World

It is intriguing to note the extent to which the Internet and social media in particular – such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and other digital tools – have become newsworthy topics in their own right in the context of press coverage of the dramatic popular uprisings we have seen across the Middle East. But how More »

POINTS OF VIEW: Did Saudi Arabia Dodge the Arab Spring?

Almost two and a half years have now passed since the world witnessed the onset of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa that became known as the Arab Spring. While it seems that a number of countries in the region managed to escape revolutionary upheavals, there are those who believe that More »

POINTS OF VIEW: Egypt‘s Political and Economic Crisis

Anger over the perception that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party are trying to monopolize power is said to have compounded the government’s inability to revive the economy and reduce unemployment in the country. The poor state of the economy, coupled with new political unrest, comes amid growing fears expressed by commentators More »

POINTS OF VIEW: Obama Meets With Arab Americans Ahead of Middle East Trip

For more than two years, many Israelis and Palestinians have been putting the blame for the deadlocked peace process on one another. A share of blame was also placed on the U.S. administration for its alleged lack of engagement.  Now, President Barack Obama is gearing up for a visit to Israel, the West Bank More »

POINTS OF VIEW: Challenges, Opportunities in US-Egypt Relations

As Egypt is facing a looming economic crisis, a widespread breakdown in law and order and a severe political polarization between Islamists and non-Islamists, President Barack Obama last week telephoned President Mohamed Morsi to discuss the country’s on-going political transition and its role in regional security.  We spoke about Egypt’s challenges and resulting complexities More »

POINTS OF VIEW: Tunisia Two Years After Its Revolution

Tunisians just marked the second anniversary of the toppling of long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, an event which unleashed an entire wave of popular uprisings across the Arab world. Ben Ali’s ouster did pave the way to free elections and the formation of a new government in Tunisia, but it left millions of its More »

Points of View: What Should Obama Do to Solve the Arab-Israeli Conflict?

As President Obama enters his second term, experts warn that his administration must radically rethink ways to achieve an Israeli-Arab peace deal or risk seeing his goal of a two-state solution slip away. Yet, while they agree that the old approaches will not work, there is a range of possibilities of what might achieve More »

Points of View: Will Egypt Have a New Constitution?

Egypt’s draft constitution is supposed to be ready by December 12; however, many political forces are already rejecting the draft constitution and the deadline may not be met. Amr Hamzawy, founder of the Free Egypt Party and former liberal member of the Egyptian People’s Assembly, explained at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington More »

العرب والمسلمون الأمريكيون يتخلون عن الحزب الجمهوري

 لماذا انحسر تاييد العرب والمسلمين الأمريكيين للحزب الجمهوري؟ بماذا يمكن تفسير التوجه المعادي للإسلام بين اليمين المحافظ في الحزب الجمهوري؟ كيف يمكن للعرب والمسلمين الأمريكيين استثمار مساندتهم للرئيس أوباما في الاعتراف بهم كقوة More »

العرب والمسلمون الأمريكيون وانتخابات الرئاسة الأمريكية

كيف ينظر العرب والمسلمون الأمريكيون إلى مرشحي الرئاسة الأمريكية؟ مالذي يمكن أن يجنيه العرب والمسلمون من فوز الرئيس أوباما بفترة رئاسية ثانية؟ كيف سيصوت العرب والمسلمون الأمريكيون في انتخابات الرئاسة الأمريكية ولماذا؟ كيف يتوقع العرب والمسلمون الأمريكيون شكل العلاقات الأمريكية مع العالمين العربي والإسلامي لو فاز More »

Points of View: Fighting Prejudice with Humor

Welcome to a frank  and funny conversation with Dean Obeidallah, an award-winning American comedian. He is bridging the cultural and religious divides between Muslims and non-Muslims with comedy routines based on his own Islamic upbringing in the U.S.  There are far too many reminders that Muslims in America still face discrimination and fear from More »

Points of View Podcast: What is it Like Being a Muslim in America?

Global Voice Hall uses social media and town hall meetings to bridge the gap of misunderstandings between the Middle East and the West. Their recent forum near Washington, D.C. looked at the volatile issue of being a Muslim in America. What’s the reality of problems and opportunities? I spoke with Cheryl Montavlo, a co-founder More »

Points of View Podcast: Morsi’s Ramadan Surprise

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has taken a series of dramatic steps meant to reconfigure the Egyptian political landscape, not only for the transitional period, but over the long-term. This edition of Points of View features a discussion with Egyptian political scientist Amr Hamzawy and Michele Dunne, director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the More »

Points of View Podcast: U.S. Policy Options in Syria

The United Nations General Assembly voted on a Saudi-drafted resolution on Syria Friday, just a day after Kofi Annan announced his resignation as U.N.-Arab League envoy to the war-torn country. Annan blamed a lack of international support and “finger-pointing and name calling” in the Security Council. The White House also placed blame on the More »

Points of View Podcast: Dictators are Fighting Back

The Arab Spring was an incredible moment in the battle between dictators and democracy but, in his new book “The Dictator’s Learning Curve”, author William Dobson argues that the Arab Spring is just the latest front in a worldwide struggle against repression.  To examine the tools dictators learn to use in order to hold More »

Points of View Podcast: Exploring Options the US Has in Syria

This time on Points of View, host Mohamed Elshinnawi examines options the United States has in dealing with the ongoing crisis in Syria. He speaks with Ambassador Edward Djerejian, former Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, and Robin Wright, an award-winning journalist, author and foreign policy More »