An exciting primary has sparked greater interest among expatriates in being heard at home.
After the 2006 US mid-term elections and the 2006 war in Lebanon, Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous, a professor at a Lebanese University, decided to help organize a talk at a local cafe about American-Lebanese dual citizenship responsibilities. Mr. Sensenig-Dabbous also hosted presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich and his wife when the Ohio senator toured Lebanon last September. His goal: to get enough members to form a chapter of Democrats Abroad (DA) – Lebanon.
What got people going, says Sensenig-Dabbous, an active member of Democrats Abroad Austria for 20-plus years before moving here, was the wide-open primary season.
"This election is not about the Middle East, it's about everything else: domestic politics, global warming, labor rights, women's rights, you know, the whole gamut," he says. "Americans here are very upset about what the [US] government is doing. I don't think American foreign policy in the Middle East is going to change; we all know that."