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AIC’s Middle East civil rights initiative, HAMSA (“Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance”) unites people of conscience to strengthen individual rights in the region. The concept that an individual has inherent rights – regardless of gender, religion, race, etc. – must take root in Middle Eastern societies if genuine democracy and long-term stability are to be achieved in the region. HAMSA’s strategic approach is to leverage the freedom of Americans to improve conditions for indigenous Middle Eastern reformers – specifically by educating the public about civil rights repression, pressuring dictators to alleviate restrictions, and providing encouragement and practical advocacy training to next-generation reformers.


Social Entrepreneurship Training

Outstanding young thinkers and emerging social entrepreneurs identified by programs like the “Dream Deferred” Essay Contest are in turn invited to unique training workshops on individual rights, nonviolent advocacy, leadership, and strategic planning. Based on experience running nearly over a dozen such workshops in the region (including several held despite harassment from local security forces), AIC has produced an 80-page manual called: “Training the Next Generation: A Leadership Curriculum for Young Middle Eastern Social Entrepreneurs.” Graduates of workshops have gone on to launch pioneering projects in their local communities as well as play important leadership roles in “Arab Spring” uprisings across the region.


AIC’s Executive Director speaks with NPR Berlin and America Abroad on Countering Violent Extremism

AIC’s Executive Director, Zainab Al-Suwaij spoke at a live town hall event in Philadelphia with Jacki Lyden and NPR’s Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley from Berlin. America Abroad Media and NPR Berlin […]

AIC’s Executive Director speaks on Public Radio International about Radical Recruiters

AIC’s Executive Director Zainab Al-Suwaij spoke with Joyce Hackel of Public Radio International concerning the Counter Violent Extremism Summit held by the White House. Zainab spoke about methods by recruiters […]

02/20/2015 | News | Zainab Al-Suwaij

AIC’s Executive Director speaks on PBS News Hour

AIC’s Executive Director Zainab Al-Suwaij spoke to PBS News Hour’s Judy Woodruff about countering violent extremism and AIC’s program, Project Nur and their campaign “Voices Against Radicalism.” Click below to […]

02/19/2015 | Domestic news | News
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