George R. Salem is head of the Law Offices of George R. Salem, PLLC, established in early 2005. Prior to this time, Salem was a partner at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP since 1990. He is a Strategic Advisor with the global law firm DLA Piper, leading the firm's Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices. In July 2003, Salem was named to the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World.
Salem serves on the board of directors of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and earlier co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985, currently serving as its chairman. He has served as treasurer of United Palestinian Appeal, Inc. since 1982 and was past president of the National Association of Arab Americans.
From 1985 to 1989, Salem served as the US Department of Labor’s chief legal officer, responsible for regulating the nation’s fair labor practices and wage laws.
Following his appointment to the Advisory Group, Salem served as an official observer to the Palestinian elections held in February 2005. He was also the official representative for President Bush at the funeral of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. During Salem’s long career, he has served as a critical link between US and Arab world. As the Chairman of the Arab American Institute, Salem has led the organization, providing policy, research and public affairs services to support a wide variety of domestic and foreign initiatives.
Publications, Articles, & Commentary
- Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World Report Summary – October 2003.
- Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World – Speech by James K. Glassman regarding the Advisory Group’s Recent Recommendations. AEI, October 2003.
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