We believe that the prevailing negative attitudes and prejudices among ATI communities are harmful to the peace and progress of all nations and ethnic groups that live in ATI countries. We aspire to encourage change through education, outreach and mobilization of ATI citizens who share our concerns. To achieve this goal we are focusing on the following activities:
1) Survey of literature: The scholars and commentators in ATI countries have occasionally published articles on various aspects of relations relations among Arabs and Turks and Iranians. We have prepared a list of these publications and will update this list on a regular basis. We invite you to help us with this mission by sending a link (or reference information) to relevant publications. Our database includes publications in English, Arabic, Farsi and Turkish.
2) Analysis and original articles: We will post original analysis on all aspects of Intra-ATI relations and also submissions of original academic articles, essays and op-ed articles.
3) Education and outreach: We hope that this website will offer educational material and motivation for ATI citizens who share our view and would like to promote ATI solidarity in their community. Challenging decades old biases of each ATI community against the other two will be no easy task. Individuals that want to enlighten others must have access to useful facts and educational material. If we are able to raise any funding to support outreach activities, we will provide the solidarity advocates with financial resources to support their research, publication and outreach activities.
4) Friendship and cooperation among immigrant ATI communities: Millions of people from Iran, Turkey and Arab countries have migrated to Europe, Canada, the United States and other countries. In every country that these communities have a substantial population they have created cultural organizations, religious establishments and professional associations. Unfortunately these organizations often serve one ethnic/national community and the level of interaction among them is minimal. In a large metropolitan area in Canada we often find an Iranian cultural association, an Arab cultural association and a Turkish cultural association. While these communities have many things in common, their cultural and social organizations often operate in isolation. If these communities organize joint events and develop better awareness of their common Middle Eastern identity, they can be more effective in defending their communities’ rights and promoting public policies that are important to all of them.