Model & Strategy

America Abroad Media’s mission is to promote the free exchange of ideas, foster critical thinking, and empower self-governing citizens worldwide. They provide in-depth reporting and analysis on critical international issues of our time for America and the world.

AAM partners with prominent media outlets in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia to co-produce journalism and entertainment programming to educate and empower local audiences. In the U.S., they produce America Abroad – an award-winning documentary radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and broadcast on public radio stations across the country. This balanced and in-depth journalism helps Americans develop an informed understanding of foreign affairs.

At a Glance
Founded: 2002
Civic Engagement
Location of work: International, Africa, Asia
America Abroad Media
1701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Explore the critical issues of our time
Meet Aaron Lobel

Aaron Lobel was formerly a research fellow at The Brookings Institution, a National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard, a National Security Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a study group leader at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Aaron received his Ph.D. in International Affairs from Harvard University, where he was awarded the top teaching award, the Joseph Levenson Prize.


AAM’s mission is to promote the free exchange of ideas, foster critical thinking and empower self-governing citizens worldwide.

AAM has reached a collective audience of well over 100 million through public affairs, documentary and town hall programming co-produced with leading channels in the greater Middle East. AAM’s on-the-ground presence includes overseas offices in Afghanistan and Tunisia.

Since the launch of Screen Buzz in 2016, AAM has held seven creative workshops in five Middle Eastern countries with more than 70 participants, and the initiative is expanding rapidly in 2019.

BBE currently has 7-10 original television and film projects in development, bringing together Hollywood and Middle East talent to advance authentic stories from the region.