Middle East Organizations in Washington D.C. (2)

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

1100 Connecticut Avenue, Room 1020, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-452-8310

Fax Number: 202-296-2371

E-mail: webmaster@adl.org

Web Site: www.adl.org

Year established: 1913

Description: ADL’s prime objective is to counter assaults on the safety, status, rights, and image of Jews. It is concerned with maintaining the basic and traditional elements of Jewish religious and cultural life while striving for a positive image of Israel. The Washington office is ADL’s liaison to Congress and the Executive Branch of the US Government.


-Publishes ADL on the Frontline (monthly newsletter), International Reports, occasional reports and papers, and an annual report


-Jess N. Hordes, Director of Washington, DC Regional Office


Arab American Institute (AAI)

1600 K Street, NW, Suite 601, Washington, DC 20006

Telephone Number: 202-429-9210

Fax Number: 202-429-9214

E-mail: aai@aaiusa.org

Web Site: www.aaiusa.org

Year established: 1985

Description: The AAI was founded to encourage Arab-American participation in electoral politics and to promote access to political parties. AAI provides practical training for participation in political campaigns and elections, and encourages voter registration and education. The Institute also serves as a national resource center for the media, government agencies, political leaders, and the public on domestic and foreign policy issues in which Arab Americans have an interest and concern. In 1989, the Institute helped organize the Arab American Leadership Council, a national network of more than 300 Americans of Arab descent who hold elected, appointed, or party positions.


-Conducts polls

-Publishes weekly e-newsletter, AAI Bulletin, and Countdown, a weekly political update

-Houses a library that includes 5,000 books on the Middle East and Arab-American affairs. For visits, please call.


-James J. Zogby, President


Arab League Information Office

1100 17th Street, NW, Suite 602, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-265-3210

Fax Number: 202-331-1525

E-mail: arableague@aol.com

Year established: 1945

Description: The Arab League Information Office was established to improve understanding, develop cultural exchanges, and encourage tourism between the Arab world and the US.


-Provides information, references, and publications regarding the Arab world and, specifically, the Arab League

-Holds a collection of 3,000 books covering the politics of the Middle East. For visits, please call


-Dr. Khalid Abdalla, Chief Representative


The Armenian Assembly of America (AAA)

122 C Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone Number: 202-393-3434

Fax Number: 202-638-4904

E-mail: info@aaainc.org

Web Site: www.aaainc.org

Year established: 1972

Description: The Armenian Assembly of America, operating through its government affairs, public affairs, research and information, and grass-roots programs, encourages involvement in the democratic process and promotes public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. It also sponsors Armenian-American youth for professional internships in Washington, and Armenia. The Assembly believes in the universal doctrine of human and civil rights and defends the individual and collective rights of Armenians, encourages academic research, and seeks grants for projects. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Assembly has offices in Los Angeles, Boston, Yerevan, Armenia and, Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh.


-Publishes The Advocate; Armenia This Week; Assembly This Week; Nagorno Karabagh: A White Paper

-Publishes NGO Training and Resource Center Report, Basic Fact Sheets, issues briefs, and Congressional Report Cards


-Bryan Ardouny, Executive Director


Armenian National Committee of America

1711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-775-1918

Fax Number: 202-775-5648

E-mail: anca@anca.org

Web Site: www.anca.org

Year established: 1918

Description: ANCA is a grass-roots organization with a network of regional affiliates throughout the United States and affiliated organizations throughout the world. As the most influential and largest Armenian-American political organization, ANCA is dedicated to the preservation and pursuit of Armenian heritage and rights, as well as the promotion of human and civil rights. The goals of ANCA are threefold: to foster public awareness in support of a free, united, and independent Armenia; to propose and guide public policy on matters of interest to the Armenian-American community including, but not limited to, overall human rights issues and Armenian political rights; and to represent a collective Armenian-American viewpoint on matters of public policy.


-Initiates legislative efforts in support of human rights issues and supports legislation on issues of concern to the Armenian-American community, such as the Armenian genocide, reconstruction of earthquake-stricken Armenia, and self-determination for the people of Nagorno-Karabagh

-Participates in the electoral process at the federal, state, and local levels by educating elected officials on Armenian-American concerns and by providing Armenian-American voters with the information necessary to decide which candidates to support.

-Produces candidate questionnaires, congressional report cards, and federal election guides

-Monitors events relating to the Middle East with a view of assisting the Armenian communities in the region to continue their constructive roles in the development of the countries in the region.

-Publishes Transcaucasus: A Chronology, press releases, fact sheets, and regional newsletters throughout the US


-Aram Hamparian, Executive Director


Asia Society – Washington Center

1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-883-2742

Fax Number: 202-833-0189

E-mail: asiadc@asiasociety.org

Web Site: www.asiasociety.org

Year established: 1970

Description: The Washington Center is a regional branch of the Asia Society. This educational organization provides a forum for discussion on the countries of East, Southeast, and South Asia, including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and the Pacific. Its programs and services often deal with cultural traditions, as well as contemporary affairs and relations with the US. Public lectures, briefings, thematic seminars, films, and publications are all projects of the center.


-Publishes Asia in Washington, a monthly calendar of events listing Asia-related activities in the Washington metropolitan area

– Invites scholars and government officials for seminars and roundtables

-Publishes books, reports, and catalogues that span a broad range of topics in contemporary affairs, education, and the visual arts


-Vishakha N. Desai, President

-Jack Garrity, Executive Director, Washington Center


Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA)

1526 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-483-9090

Fax Number: 202-483-9092

E-mail: assembly@ataa.org

Web Site: www.ataa.org

Year established: 1979

Description: The founding principle of ATAA was the need to create cohesion and cooperation between the large numbers of social/cultural Turkish American organizations around the US. The Assembly’s main goal is to be a link between all communities, large or small, and pursue their interests in Washington and beyond. The main objectives of ATAA are two-fold. One is to create an informed national Turkish American community that can help foster US-Turkish relations and take an active part in promoting a balanced and truthful picture of Turkey in the US. The other is to educate Americans in government, the media, and the public at large about Turkey and issues that concern us as Turkish Americans.


-Holds educational programs on Turkish-American issues, including teacher workshops, cultural programs, media mailings, conferences, and the publication and dissemination of educational books focusing on Turkish history and culture

-Sponsors grass-roots programs, including a national media watch, anti-defamation campaigns, management workshops, and position papers for community activists

-Publishes ATAA Clipboard for member organizations, ATAA Online electronic bulletin board, and community networking for businesses

-Hosts public relations programs, including Turkish-American Heritage Week, and programs for visitors to the US who are involved in Turkish-American issues; an information clearinghouse on Turkish-American issues; establishing ties between American and Turkish schools; detailed reports on selected political items of interest to Turkish-Americans.

-Publishes Turkish Times, “The Turkish World,” and Showcase (annual magazine)


-Nurten Ural, President

-Deniz Sevgili, Assistant Director of Public Affairs


Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS)

PO Box 5502, Herndon, VA 20172

Telephone Number: 703-471-1133

Fax Number: 703-471-3922

E-mail: coordinator@amss.net

Web Site: www.amss.net

Year established: 1972

Description: AMSS strives to serve the interests of Muslim scholars by bringing them into contact with one another and providing a forum to promote Islamic perspectives on issues concerning Muslim communities that will contribute to the prosperity of Muslims around the world and to the betterment of humanity.


-Hosts annual national interdisciplinary conferences, discipline council conferences, seminars, symposia, and Washington, DC Area Forum meetings, seminars

-Publishes American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS), quarterly journal published jointly with the International Institute of Islamic Thought


-Dr. Ali A. Mazrui, President


Association on Third World Affairs

1717 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-973-0157

Fax Number: 202-775-7465

E-mail: info@atwa.org

Web Site: www.atwa.org

Year established: 1967

Description: The primary purpose of the Association on Third World Affairs is to promote understanding and active cooperation between the US and developing countries through the presentation of all facts and points of view. The Association serves as a clearinghouse, bringing various groups and individuals together to work on projects relevant to the Third World, and informing interested people about pertinent programs. The Association deals actively with the Middle East in its referral capacity and as a sponsor of seminars and conferences, such as the Capitol Hill conferences.


-Sponsors and co-sponsors a number of meetings and speakers that deal with the Middle East

-Publishes occasional papers and reports of Capitol Hill conferences


-Lorna Hahn, Executive Director


The Atatürk Society of America (ASA)

4731 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Telephone Number: 202-362-7173

Fax Number: 202-363-4075

E-mail: ataturksociety@earthlink.net

Web Site: www.ataturksociety.org

Year established: 1995

Description: The Atatürk Society of America is an independent non-profit organization founded in Washington, DC, in 1995 with the objective of promoting Atatürk’s political legacy as a contribution to freedom and peace.


-Publishes Voice of Atatürk (quarterly)

-Organizes scholarly lectures, grants research fellowships

-Maintains a resource and reference center, makes representations regarding the benefits of Atatürk’s political principles for world prosperity and peace


Atlantic Council

1101 15th Street, NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-463-7226

Fax Number: 202-463-7241

E-mail: info@www.acus.org

Web Site: www.acus.org

Year established: 1961

Description: The Atlantic Council promotes constructive US leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic community in meeting the international challenges of the 21st century. The program on international security examines US relationships with allies and adversaries in various regions, including the Middle East, in an effort to build consensus around policies that contribute to a more stable, secure, and well-governed world.


-Stimulates dialogue and discussion about critical international issues with a view to enriching public debate

-Offers educational and exchange programs

-Publishes policy papers, occasional papers, bulletins, and books


-Frederick S. Kempe, President and CEO


Berlitz International

1 Thomas Circle, Suite 105, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-775-5863

Website: www.berlitz.us

Year Established: 1878

Description: Berlitz International teaches languages, including most major languages spoken in the Middle East, through a method developed by Charles Berlitz, now termed the “Berlitz Method.” Students learn the target language through instruction only in that language. They are expected to form an intuitive understanding of the target grammar through usage and repetition as opposed to memorization and analysis.


-Offers language instruction in over 50 languages.


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-483-7600

Fax Number: 202-483-1840

E-mail: info@carnegieendowment.org

Web Site: www.ceip.org

Year established: 1910

Description: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results. Through research, publishing, convening, and on occasion, creating new institutions and international networks, Endowment associates shape fresh policy approaches. The Endowment’s research projects are grouped in three areas – the Global Policy Program, Russian and Eurasian Program, and China Program. The Global Policy Programs includes the Middle East Political Reform Initiative.


-Publishes Foreign Policy, a bimonthly magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas; Pro et Contra, a quarterly journal in Russian; Arab Reform Bulletin, addressing political reform in the Middle East; other books, monographs, working papers, and policy briefs

-Hosts Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference, each research program hosts a range of meetings and conferences


-Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President

-Paul Balaran, Executive Vice President

-George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies

-Carmen MacDougall, Vice President for Communications


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

228 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-3413

Telephone Number: 888-277-7575

Weekends Number: 800-736-3467

E-mail: webmaster@catholicrelief.org

Web Site: www.catholicrelief.org

Year established: 1943

Description: CRS is the official overseas relief and development agency of the American Catholic community. It is an organization of the United States Catholic Conference, the social action agency of the US Catholic Bishops. CRS operates in more than 70 countries overseas in order to stimulate self-sufficiency through community development and to alleviate suffering during emergencies. CRS operates various programs in Egypt, Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza, Morocco, Pakistan, and Sudan, among others worldwide.


-Provides emergency relief during natural disasters and man-made crises

-Holds development programs to promote self-sufficiency in the areas of food production, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, and income-generating projects


-Kenneth F. Hackett, President


Cato Institute

1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone Number: 202-842-0200

Fax Number: 202-842-3490

E-mail: media@cato.org

Web Site: www.cato.org

Year established: 1977

Description: The Cato Institute is a non-profit, educational foundation dedicated to broadening the parameters of policy debate to allow consideration of options that are consistent with the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, and peace. Scholars at the Cato Institute have conducted significant research on US foreign policy towards a number of countries in the Middle East including Iraq and Afghanistan.


-Publishes policy analysis studies and foreign policy briefing papers; Cato Policy Report (bimonthly); Cato Journal (quarterly); Regulation (quarterly magazine)

-Holds conferences, forums, and seminars


-Edward H. Crane, President

-William A. Niskanen, Chairman


Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), Georgetown University

241 Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20057-1020

Telephone Number: 202-687-5793

Fax Number: 202-687-7001

E-mail: ccasinfo@georgetown.edu

Web Site: http://ccas.georgetown.edu/

Year established: 1975

Description: An integral part of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies offers a Master of Arts degree in Arab Studies, as well as graduate and undergraduate certificate programs. Its academic programs are enhanced by a public affairs program that includes a lecture and seminar series, an annual symposium, and conversations with distinguished guests. The work of the center is augmented by a research and publications program, a community resource service that disseminates information on the Arab world to primary and secondary school educators and community groups, and a news media information service.


-Hosts public affairs programs including an annual distinguished lecture, weekly lectures, and special events such as film series, poetry readings, and other cultural events, all open to the public

-Holds annual symposium featuring US and international experts discussing a topic of major importance to the Arab world

-Provides community resource services such as teacher workshops and basic information to pre-collegiate educators and community groups

-Houses news media information service which refers media to faculty experts regarding major news events affecting the Arab world

-Publishes newsletter (quarterly); books, reports, monographs, and other collections on vital issues


-David C. Cuthell, Director


CHF International

8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Telephone Number: 301-587-4700

Fax Number: 301-587-7315

E-mail: mailbox@chfhq.org

Web Site: www.chfinternational.org/

Year established: 1952

Description: CHF International serves as a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low and moderate-income communities around the world, helping to improve housing conditions, economic circumstances, and environments. CHF works with a wide range of organizations to develop systems, policies, and practices that increase access to affordable housing, community services, and finance.


-Publishes CHF newsbriefs

-Publishes program reports


-Michael Doyle, President and CEO


The Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM)

University of Maryland, 0145 Tydings Hall, College Park, MD 20742-7231

Telephone Number: 301-314-7703

Fax Number: 301-314-9256

E-mail: cidcm@cidcm.umd.edu

Web Site: www.cidcm.umd.edu

Year established: 1982

Description: The CIDCM is a research and service organization under the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the University of Maryland at College Park. Scholars pursue a variety of subjects including ethno-political conflict, protracted social conflict, human rights, data collection on global conflict, and demographics. The center approaches conflict management with a vision that involves collaborative community and nation building, social and economic justice, and acceptance of diversity and pluralism. The center serves as the host of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace.


-Provides host facilities for scholarly research projects such as the Minorities at Risk Project, Polity IV Project, and the International Crisis Behavior Project

-Publishes biennial Peace and Conflict which details major trends in armed conflict, self-determination movements, and democracy from 1946 to the present

-Hosts seminars and informal lectures by visiting scholars including those dealing with the Middle East


-Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Director

-Betsy Kielman, Deputy Director


Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation

1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-624-0850

Fax Number: 202-624-0855

E-mail: info@centerpeace.org

Web Site: www.centerpeace.org

Year established: 1989

Description: The Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation brings Middle Eastern policy makers, American government officials, and international business leaders together to help provide an atmosphere that encourages a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Activities include extensive travel in the region, diplomatic exchanges, and conferences featuring Middle Eastern and American leaders seeking peace. The Center is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization.


-Publishes Middle East Week in Review (weekly summary of major events in the region via e-mail)


-S. Daniel Abraham, Chairman


Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU), Georgetown University

Georgetown University, 3700 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20057

Telephone Number: 202-687-8375

Fax Number: 202-687-8376

E-mail: cmcu@georgetown.edu

Web Site: cmcu.georgetown.edu

Year established: 1993

Description: The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding was created by Georgetown University and the Fondation pour l’Entente entre Chretiens et Muslumans in Geneva to achieve a better understanding between Islam and Christianity and between the Muslim world and the West. The geographic scope and coverage of the center includes the breadth of the Muslim world, from North Africa to Southeast Asia, as well as Europe and America. Since its foundation, the Center has become internationally recognized as a leader in the field of Muslim-Christian relations.


-Publishes The Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (quarterly)

-Produces occasional paper series


-John L. Esposito, Director

-Alexa Poletto, Associate Director


The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)

1667 K Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20006

Telephone Number: 202-331-7990

Fax Number: 202-331-8019

E-mail: info@csbaonline.org

Web Site: www.csbaonline.org

Year established: 1984

Description: The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is an independent, non-profit public policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking about defense planning and investment strategies for the 21st century. CSBA provides timely, objective information to policymakers, opinion leaders, the media, and defense professionals in the United States and abroad. CSBA’s analysis and outreach focuses on existing and emerging threats to US national security. CSBA brings database analyses and cutting-edge assessment techniques to its research on military strategy and policy, defense budgets and programs, weapon systems and critical technologies, military personnel and readiness, military revolutions and future warfare, and transformation of the military and defense industry.


-Publishes congressional staff briefing series, defense budget forum series, and strategic studies outlining current and emerging security threats.

-Holds strategic planning workshops and seminars, resource for the media, and public education and outreach programs


-Andrew F. Krepinevich, President

-Dave McCurdy, Chairman of Board of Directors


Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

1800 K Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006

Telephone Number: 202-887-0200

Fax Number: 202-775-3199

E-mail: info@csis.org

Web Site: www.csis.org

Year established: 1962

Description: A public policy research institution dedicated to analysis and policy impact, CSIS is the only institution that maintains resident experts on all the world’s major geographic locations. The Center conducts research in the areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia, Eurasia, Europe, domestic policy, energy and national security, Islamic studies, international business and economics, international communications, political military studies, preventive diplomacy, global organized crime, new global economy, and environment. Research findings and policy recommendations are disseminated through conferences and a variety of publications to policy makers, opinion leaders and academic experts. CSIS has research departments that focus on the Maghreb, the Middle East, South Asia, and Turkey.


-Hosts the Middle East Studies Program, regular study group for members of Congress

-Holds briefings for international corporate clientele

-Holds Middle East seminars and conferences and quarterly meetings providing scholarly input and professionally directed discussion

-Publishes The Washington Quarterly; The Washington Papers and Significant Issues series, CSIS Newsletter, Congressional Issues Update, CSIS Watch, and CSIS Report (10-15 per year)


-John J. Hamre, President and CEO

-John B. Alterman, Director of Middle East Program


Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID)

1652 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 601, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-265-1200

Fax Number: 202-265-1222

E-mail: feedback@islam-democracy.org

Web Site: http://www.csidonline.org/

Year established: 1999

Description: The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy is a non-profit organization dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse. The organization was founded by a diverse group of scholars, professionals, and activists—both Muslim and non-Muslim—from around the US who felt the need to study and disseminate reliable information on this complex topic. The organization has no agenda other than the production and dissemination of rigorous research into Islam and democracy. Its members are united by the conviction that this subject has been widely misunderstood both in the West and the Muslim world, and that it has caused division among Muslims and continues to hamper efforts at cross-cultural dialogue.


-Sponsors regular lectures by prominent authorities on Islam and democracy

-Publishes Muslim Democrat — a quarterly newsletter for members, and Democracy Watch — A monthly publication documenting democratization and reform in the Arab world

-Organizes annual conference on themes relating to Islam and democracy

-Holds workshops, seminars, and conferences in Muslim countries (including Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, etc.)


-Radwan Masmoudi, President

-Aly Abuzaakuk, Washington DC Office Director

-Asma Afsaruddin, Chairman of the Board


The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 734, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-663-7723

Fax Number: 202-663-7785

Web Site: www.sais-jhu.edu/centers/caci/index.html; www.cacianalyst.org

Year Established: 1996

Description: The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute has grown to be the primary institution in the Washington area for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Caspian Region. The institute aspires to conduct impartial research on the region; to act as a forum for policymakers both in Washington and abroad; to act as a “switchboard” of resources and information concerning the Central Asia-Caucasus region; and to provide access for its sponsors in business to relevant expertise on the region.


-Publishes The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a bi-weekly web-journal, freely available at http://www.cacianalyst.org


-S. Frederick Starr, Chairman

-Charles H. Fairbanks, Director

-Svante E. Cornell, Deputy Director and Editor of the CACI Analyst


The Children of War

1608 Washington Plaza N., 3rd Floor, Reston, VA 20190

Telephone Number: 703-787-0934

Fax Number: 703-624-9147

E-mail: info@thechildrenofwar.org

Web Site: www.thechildrenofwar.org

Year established: 1994

Description: The Children of War Organization (TCOW) is dedicated to providing a measure of relief and comfort to the unfortunate children and widows of war around the world. It directs programs and development projects in war torn nations that assist victims in resettling in their native communities and in starting a new life with renewed hope for a better future. TCOW is particularly active in Afghanistan, running educational, social, and professional training programs in that country. The Organization focuses on providing the most needy children, young adults, and families of Afghanistan with a primary education and a nutritious diet. Students learn math, English, Dari and Pashto, the sciences, history, and Geography.


-Sponsors humanitarian projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan

-Conducts educational and professional training


-Najib Aziz, President

-Karim Ali, Chairman of the Board

-Aziz Ansary, Programs Director

-Rauf Azizi, Director of Afghanistan Program


Churches for Middle East Peace

110 Maryland Avenue, NE, # 311, Washington, DC 20002-7332

Telephone Number: 202-543-1222

Fax Number: 202-543-5025

E-mail: cmep@cmep.org

Web Site: www.cmep.org

Year established: 1984

Description: Through Churches for Middle East Peace, member church offices coordinate their advocacy work on Middle East issues. The work of Churches for Middle East Peace focuses on Washington in the knowledge that sound United States policy is crucial to achieving and maintaining just and stable relationships throughout the Middle East. The principal advocacy concerns are the avoidance and resolution of armed conflicts, human rights, foreign aid, arms transfers, and the unique status of Jerusalem. The member organizations are the Alliance of Baptists, American Friends Service Committee, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Roman Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men’s Institutes, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Church World Service, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Franciscan Mission Service, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Maryknoll Missioners, Mennonite Central Committee, National Council of Churches, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church.


-Lobbies Congress and the Executive Branch

-Publishes quarterly newsletter and Middle East Human Rights Advocacy Handbook


-Warren Clark, Executive Director

-Julie Schumacher Cohen, Legistlative Coordinator


Council for International Exchange of Scholars

3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5-L, Washington, DC 20008-3009

Telephone Number: 202-686-4000

Fax Number: 202-362-3442

E-mail: cieswebmaster@cies.iie.org

Web Site: www.cies.org

Year established: 1947

Description: The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, under a grant from the United States Information Agency, cooperates in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for lecturing and research abroad. Approximately 700 awards in more than 130 countries are available to US scholars in all academic and professional fields. Programs for the Middle East include a Middle East/South Asia Regional Research Program and individual programs in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the West Bank, and Yemen. The program also brings some 700 foreign scholars to the US each year to conduct research and lecture.


-Selects faculty for grants, supply grants in exchange program, place scholars from abroad, and administers grants

-Administers Fulbright Scholar Program: Grants for US Faculty and Professionals (annually)

-Publishes Directory of Visiting Fulbright Scholars, Directory of American Fulbright Scholars and Guidelines for Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Proposals


-Sabine O’Hara, Executive Director


Council for the National Interest (CNI)

1511 K Street, NW, Suite 1043, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-863-2951

Fax Number: 202-863-2952

E-mail: count@igc.org

Web Site: www.cnionline.org

Year established: 1989

Description: The Council for the National Interest (CNI) is a grass-roots political action organization working on peace in the Middle East and the normalization of relations among the United States, Israel, and the Arab world. It seeks to broaden both public understanding of the Middle East and to highlight rational choices for policymakers consistent with American values and interests. CNI believes that a real peace in the Middle East can only be reached when the occupation of Arab lands ends and self-determination is achieved by the Palestinian people. Peace must be accompanied by sharp reductions in weapons going into the area, and a turn toward regional economic and water resources-development and sharing.


-Lobbies Congress accompanied by media campaigns and issue seminars

-Hosts speakers bureau and panels for foreign aid groups

-Offers internships

-Publishes newsletters and research papers with advertisements in national magazines and newspapers on issues


-Paul Findley, Chairman

-Eugene Bird, President


Council of Lebanese American Organizations (CLAO)

4401-A Connecticut Avenue, #273, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone Number: 888-425-2689

Fax Number: 888-793-2526

E-mail: clao@lebanon-world.org

Web Site: www.clao.com

Year established: 1989

Description: The Council of Lebanese American Organizations (CLAO) is a federation of local, regional, and national organizations representing the aspirations of 3 million Americans of Lebanese decent. CLAO acts to promote ties of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Lebanon based on principles of democracy and human rights. CLAO works to further the cause of freedom and sovereignty for Lebanon commencing with the immediate, complete, and unconditional withdrawal of all foreign occupation forces from Lebanese territory. CLAO is committed to a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.


-Publishes Lebanon File, (primarily intended for Congress, policymakers, politicians, and the media), perspectives, and newsletter

-Publishes Adonis, a collection of press clippings and international reports on Lebanon in various languages

-Houses video library on Lebanon in both English and Arabic

-Monitors and lobbies Congress, the Executive Branch, and relevant agencies and grass-roots educational projects, political action seminars, and media campaigns

-Provides humanitarian aid for Lebanon


-Nabil Sahlani, Chairman


Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

453 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003-4034

Telephone Number: 202-488-8787

Fax Number: 202-488-0833

E-mail: info@cair-net.org

Web Site: www.cair.com

Year established: 1994

Description: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a non-profit, grassroots, civil rights, and advocacy group. As America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada, CAIR works to promote a positive and accurate image of Islam and the Muslim community. Through education, advocacy, media relations, and lobbying, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure that the Muslim voice is represented. In offering that perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.


-Civil rights advocates counsel and mediate on behalf of those who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation, or hate crimes

-Conducts and organizes lobbying efforts related to Islam and the Muslim community

-Issues Action Alerts, sponsors www.cair.biglist.com/cair-net/, an e-mail list to disseminate information about the Muslim community

-Publishes pieces addressing the needs and rights of American Muslims such as guides for employers, educators, healthcare providers, and law enforcement


-Omar Ahmad, Chairman of the Board

-Nihad Awad, Executive Director

-Ibrahim Hooper, National Communications Director


Council on Foreign Relations

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-509-8400

Fax Number: 202-986-2984

E-mail: knash@cfr.org

Web Site: www.cfr.org

Year established: 1921

Description: The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a non-partisan membership organization, research center, and publisher. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to US foreign policy. The Council accomplishes this mainly by promoting constructive discussions both in private and in public, and by publishing Foreign Affairs, the leading journal on global issues. The Council is host to the widest possible range of views, but an advocate of none, though its research fellows and independent task forces do take policy stands. The Council on Foreign Relations aims to enhance the quality of study and debate on world issues, develop new generations of thinkers and leaders, and help meet international challenges by generating concrete and workable ideas. CFR has programs dedicated exclusively to the study of the Middle East.


-Hosts roundtables on the Middle East and Islam

-Houses the US/Middle East Project – to advance the peace process in the Middle East in both its political and economic dimensions

-Hosts the Middle East Forum and the Energy Security Group


-Peter G. Peterson, Chairman of the Board

-Richard N. Haas, President

-Judith Kipper, Director of Middle East Forum



Middle East Organizations in Washington D.C. (2) — 3 Comments

  1. interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks

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