The Great Debate

Why Now? The Arab Peace Corps

August 18, 2016


By Mr. Sami Jamil Jadallah, JD

    Founder and Executive Director

    New Arab Foundation


Mr. Sami Jamil Jadallah is a Palestinian-American immigrant with over 50 years in the US and is a Veteran of the US Army where he received leadership award.

Sami attended Indiana University where he earned his BA, MPA/School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Doctor of Jurisprudence.

After a two-year stint with a major Wall Street law firm, Sami and for the last 35 years served as international legal and business consultants with clients from the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the US.


It is in times of wars, conflicts, chaos, terrorism and despair; investments in peace and development become more urgent.

Anyone with nominal understanding of international politics can see the Arab World is in deep, deep trouble, with failing states or in state of civil wars.  Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan are but a few.


Tens of thousands of “Jihadists” recruits are joining Al-Qaeda, Daesh, and Jabhat Al-Nusra. They are coming from Europe, the US, North Africa certainly the Arab Peninsula. Even Non-Arabs from Chechnya, Maldives and Indonesia are joining the fight. They are joining “Islamist” militias to kill and get killed, to destroy but never build.


The New Arab Foundation, a Not for Profit 501-C-3 Tax exempt organization, a think tanks (with a mission) and management consulting organization wants to change all of that and introduce a road map of achievable goals toward a New Renaissance for the Arab World.


The Issues and Causes


The Arabs are experiencing turmoil and conflicts not witnessed since colonial times, with nation states threatened from within and without.


The rise of military dictatorship in the 50’s, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (the birthplace of the “jihadist” movement), and the Iran-Iraq War, First and Second Gulf War, these combined events formed a watershed in the Arab World. $Trillions in fortunes and livelihoods were diverted from society building to regional, and “sectarian” wars, destroying nations and threatening the existence of others.


Military, nationalistic “secular dictatorship” and “jihadist" ideology”, combined with corruption, incompetence, inefficiency, looting of people’s assets and state wealth, nepotism, lack of transparency and accountability, lack of fairness and equal opportunity, lack of mentoring and inept bloated abusive humiliating bureaucracy — all are responsible for the failure of many of the Arab States, with investment in “winless” wars, and conflict produced the dire results we see today.


In the Arab World, the majority of young population who for the most part are marginalized, unemployed, humiliated at home and by governing institutions, living in poverty with no hope to escape the miserable life, join “Jihadist” as a way out of this hell hole they find themselves in, putting the entire society and nations at risks.


The Opportunity


The Arab Peace Corps vision and mission is to break the negative, self-reinforcing spiral of vulnerable youth being mobilized by “religious actors” or “terrorists” to go fight against what they are told is the cause of their suffering (secular, sectarian opponents and “infidels”). And as a result, they are often killed in the fight, a situation that is advertised in order to reinvigorate the negative spiral and to recruit.


The Arab Peace Corps mission is to work toward implementing development programs for marginalized communities not only in the Arab World but in Europe, the US and Canada. Transforming the power and innocence of youth into positive, self-reinforcing contributions for the better good for themselves and their society, increasing their sense of belonging to their community, society and nation.


Inspired by President John Kennedy’s’ Peace Corps, the Arab Peace Corps is a voluntary two years service utilizing commitments, skills and dynamism of college graduates and retirees from within the Arab World, from the US, Europe, Canada, Australia among others, to help build and rebuild shattered or marginalized communities in education, health care, agriculture, artisan and small industries, community development and participation, tutorial and mentoring programs among many.


This community service not only makes a positive difference to those communities, but also provides valuable skills and life experiences to the individuals who volunteers and serve as members of the Arab Peace Corps.


The New Arab Foundation, through its first initiative the Arab Peace Corps, intends to turn around the current negative dynamic, by challenging young minds and talents to contribute to life not death, to contribute to building not destroying.


In the next few months we will be seeking the support of nations, private and governmental institutions, private sector and individual donors to raise $100 million “trust fund” specifically for the Arab Peace Corps.

We will also seek the partnership of corporations to commit to give priority of employment to our alumni’s, airlines to provide free tickets, universities to provide full or reduced tuitions for graduate schools, in part to give recognitions to all those who sacrificed and made the commitment to serve others.


The Arab Peace Corps is proud to announce the formation of its Executive Board with professionals from around the Arab World and around the world.


Members include:


Mr. Mohamed Dekkak/Morocco-UAE-Chairman

Dr. Nussaibah Younis/Morocco-USA

Dr. Leila Hanafi/Morocco-USA

Dr. Dina Kiwan/Lebanon

Dr. Zubai Al-Zubai/Jordan

Ms. Rima Ismail/Jordan

Ms. Lena Al-Husseni/Saudi Arabia/USA

Dana G. Balgar

Hana Abdul Jawad/Bahrain

Ms. Nawel Guellal/Algeria

Samar Fatany/Saudi Arabia

Sahar Samy Sabry/Egypt

Dr. Amjad Aryan/Jordan

Dr. Nafez Alyan/Lebanon-UAE

Dr. Mohammed Almbaid

Dr. Rami Abdulhadi/Palestine-Canada

Dr. Lara Alameddine/Lebanon-France

Ms. Maya Lebban/Lebanon-USA

Mr. Munir Ebeid/USA

Ms. Ala Ali/Iraq

Ms. Amira Al-Sharif/Yemen.


Among the priorities for the Arab Peace Corps are education, health care, societal transformation, small industries among others, with the hope that the first volunteers will be deployed early next year.


In addition the New Arab Foundation is launching its “Sister Schools” program connecting middle and high schools in the Arab world with schools in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia among others fostering friendship, partnership and goodwill through technology and modern communication. Plans are to launch the “Sister Schools” program this coming school season.



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