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When crises break out in the Middle East, the U.S. too often turns to violence first. FCNL lobbies for nonviolent engagement in the Middle East to prevent, de-escalate and resolve longstanding conflicts. Political grievances contribute to instability and violence, so lasting peace in the region will require engagement with all stakeholders.


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Update US Maximum Pressure Policy: Punishing the Poor and Ailing in Iran 

The Trump administration doubled down on its maximum pressure policy approach to Iran with new sanctions, this time targeting Iran’s construction sector, which—according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo— is under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Letter End American Participation in the War in Yemen with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020  

Over forty prominent Americans agree: Now is the time to end U.S. involvement in the Yemeni Civil War. The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides a crucial chance to end our complicity in Yemen, and FCNL joined activists and former government officials in calling on Congress to seize that opportunity.

Statement Diplomacy Could Have Prevented the Bloodshed in Northeastern Syria 

As a Quaker organization committed to ending all wars, the Friends Committee on National Legislation calls on Turkey to immediately end its assault on northeastern Syria and urges the U.S. government to pursue a diplomatic solution to this quickly-deteriorating situation.

Update Demanding Justice for Yemen and Jamal Khashoggi 

It was one year ago on Oct. 2 that Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered by agents of the Saudi Arabian government. In memory of the Washington Post journalist, advocacy groups held a press conference in front of the Saudi Embassy, demanding justice and calling on the U.S. to reevaluate its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Our Middle East lobbyist, Hassan El-Tayyab, delivered the following remarks at the event:

Action Alert Important Vote Pending: Congressional Negotiations Could End or Prevent Three Wars 

Right now, we have a unique opportunity to end two wars and prevent a new one from starting.

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