Transnational Rights and Security

In an increasingly globalized world, events abroad affect American domestic affairs. International developments and America’s engagement with other countries shapes race relations and religious freedom in the United States.

U.S. foreign policy and military interventions affect how Arab, Muslim, and South Asian communities are treated by the state and private actors.  The War on Terror and military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan triggered a wave of collective suspicion of and discrimination against persons perceived as Muslims.

Media coverage of the Middle East, South Asia, and other Muslim majority countries defines the American public’s perceptions of Islam, Muslims, and immigrants from those regions.   News stories exclusively through a security lens produce countless stories about Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, ISIS, and other terrorist groups.  As a result, many Americans are convinced that Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians in America are a fifth column.

Meanwhile, the American public is rarely exposed to the humanity of the average citizen in Muslim-majority countries with similar concerns for their safety, economic prosperity, and dignity.  Nor is the public informed about the role that U.S. support for authoritarians plays in facilitating instability, human rights violations, and political violence.

The Transnational Rights and Security project examines how human rights and security in Muslim-majority countries are interconnected with civil rights, religious freedom, and national security in the United States.

“Toward Empowerment and Sustainability: Reforming America’s Syrian Refugee Policy.
By: Sahar Aziz, Joanna Gardner, Tamara Anaie, Omar Rana


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Ascriptive Organizational Stigma and the Constraining of Pakistani Immigrant Organizations

Ali R. Chaudhary
Date Written: June 15, 2020

Immigrant organizations are founded and led by immigrants to serve and represent their communities in places of origin and settlement. A largely celebratory literature in sociology and political science highlights opportunities that immigrant-led non- profit organizations can generate for immigrant incorporation, civic engagement, mobilization, and transnational engagement (Ramakrishnan and Bloemraad 2008; Jossart-Marcelli 2013; Portes and Fernandez-Kelly 2015; De Graauw 2016). More recently, scholars have pointed to internal challenges immigrant organizations con- front as they strive to foster local and transnational civic engagement (Waldinger 2015; Lacomba 2016).

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