Policy Papers

  • On Intervention in Syria

    September 6, 2013
    The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria has increased the atrocities in an already tragic situation. With more than 1,400 people killed in a single attack, the U.S. has found itself facing a dilemma: Do we allow the flagrant violation of an international prohibition on the use of chemical weapons to go unanswered, or do we enforce the international norms protecting civilians from their use?

  • 2013 Los Angeles Mayoral Election Guide

    May 9, 2013
    During each election cycle, MPAC reaches out to the leading candidates to engage them on the issues that are important to American Muslim voters. To this effect, we share this "2013 Los Angeles Mayor Election Guide" to help you make an informed choice when you go to the polls on Tuesday, May 21.

  • Building Bridges to Strengthen America

    April 23, 2013
    This paper assesses current public opinion and policy discourse on violent extremism, examines the processes leading to "radicalization" and violent extremism, critiques the effectiveness of current counterterrorism policies and outlines a model for a community-law enforcement partnership based on community-oriented policing.

  • Not Qualified: Exposing the Deception Behind America's Top 25 Pseudo Experts on Islam

    April 23, 2013
    For the benefit of national security and the American public at large, we must ensure that those people speaking about terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islam are qualified. This study focuses on the academic qualifications of 25 individuals who comprise some of the most vocal voices and activists in the anti-Muslim circuit.

  • Post-9/11 Terrorism Database

    April 23, 2013
    Updated June 2012, this study examines the quantitative and qualitative nature of terrorism trials, and looks at the number of actual and attempted attacks within the United States. It includes a comparative analysis of incidents involving Muslim and non-Muslim perpetrators, and ends with policy recommendations for institutions.

  • Muslims and the Making of America

    February 7, 2013
    What is the impact from Muslims on the shaping of early America? As religious studies scholar Edward Curtis IV makes clear, “Their contributions – some famous, some unknown – have changed the course of the nation’s life."

  • The Current Challenges to the Syrian Democratic Revolution

    February 9, 2012
    The paper analyzes the egregious violence perpetrated by the Bashar al-Assad regime, examines historical trends in dealing with human rights policy toward the Middle East and North Africa, and makes policy recommendations to decision makers in government.

  • Selecting ‘Options on the Table’ Carefully: The Consequences of a Military Strike on Iran

    January 30, 2012
    As a part of MPAC's vision for a safe and more secure American and global society, we abhor the thought of nuclear weapon proliferation by any nation, including Iran. We also oppose, on religious grounds, to both the theocratic and authoritarian nature of the current Iranian political system.

  • No Compulsion in Religion: A Faith-Based Critique of the ‘Defamation of Religions’ Concept

    December 23, 2011
    For the past 12 years, the Organization of the Islamic Conference had pushed for a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council called “Defamation of Religions” to be adopted into international human rights law. The stated purpose of the resolution was to fight religious discrimination and incitement to violence through a global blasphemy law.

  • MPAC Releases New Policy Paper ‘Welcome, Palestine?’

    September 21, 2011
    MPAC released a policy paper, “Welcome, Palestine?,” an analysis of the Palestinian bid to the United Nations for statehood. The paper supports the proposed resolution as the next step for the region, as it re-emphasizes the only viable solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict, two states.


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