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James Zogby
Dr. James J. Zogby is the author of Arab Voices (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010) and the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community. Since 1985, Dr. Zogby and AAI have led Arab American efforts to secure political empowerment in the U.S. Through voter registration, education and mobilization, AAI has moved Arab Americans into the political mainstream.

For the past three decades, Dr. Zogby has been involved in a full range of Arab American issues. A co-founder and chairman of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign in the late 1970s, he later co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. In 1982, he co-founded Save Lebanon, Inc., a private non-profit, humanitarian and non-sectarian relief organization which funds health care for Palestinian and Lebanese victims of war, and other social welfare projects in Lebanon. In 1985, Zogby founded AAI.

In 1993, following the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord in Washington, he was asked by Vice President Al Gore to lead Builders for Peace, a private sector committee to promote U.S. business investment in the West Bank and Gaza. In his capacity as co-president of Builders, Zogby frequently traveled to the Middle East with delegations led by Vice President Gore and late Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown. In 1994, with former U.S. Congressman Mel Levine, his colleague as co-president of Builders, Zogby led a U.S. delegation to the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian agreement in Cairo. Zogby also chaired a forum on the Palestinian economy at the Casablanca Economic Summit in 1994. After 1994, through Builders, Zogby worked with a number of US agencies to promote and support Palestinian economic development, including AID, OPIC, USTDA, and the Departments of State and Commerce.

Dr. Zogby has also been personally active in U.S. politics for many years. Most recently, Zogby was elected a co-convener of the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Committee (NDECC), an umbrella organization of Democratic Party leaders of European and Mediterranean descent. On September 24, 1999, the NDECC elected Dr. James Zogby as its representative to the Democratic National Committee's Executive Committee. In 2005 he was appointed as chair of the DNC’s Resolutions Committee.

A lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues, U.S.-Arab relations, and the history of the Arab American community, Dr. Zogby appears frequently on television and radio. He has appeared as a regular guest on all the major network news programs. After hosting the popular "A Capital View" on the Arab Network of America for several years, he now hosts "Viewpoint with James Zogby" on Abu Dhabi Television, LinkTV, Dish Network, and DirecTV.

Since 1992, Dr. Zogby has also written a weekly column on U.S. politics for the major newspapers of the Arab world. The column, Washington Watch, is currently published in 14 Arab countries. He has authored a number of books including two recent publications, "What Ethnic Americans Really Think" and "What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs and Concerns."

Dr. Zogby has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees, has been guest speaker on a number of occasions in the Secretary's Open Forum at the U.S. Department of State, and has addressed the United Nations and other international forums. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of State "in recognition of outstanding contributions to national and international affairs."

Dr. Zogby is also active professionally beyond his involvement with the Arab American community. He currently serves on the national advisory boards of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Forum, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, he is a Senior Analyst for the polling firm Zogby International.

In 1975, Dr. Zogby received his doctorate from Temple University's Department of Religion, where he studied under the Islamic scholar Dr. Ismail al-Faruqi. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University in 1976, and on several occasions was awarded grants for research and writing by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Defense Education Act, and the Mellon Foundation. Dr. Zogby received a Bachelor of Arts from Le Moyne College. In 1995, Le Moyne awarded Zogby an honorary doctoral of laws degree, and in 1997 named him the college's outstanding alumnus.

Dr. Zogby is married to Eileen Patricia McMahon and is the father of five children.

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Entries by James Zogby

We Have Gone Temporarily Mad, Again

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2015 | 9:03 AM

It has been frightening to listen to the intolerant and near hysterical tone of the debate over admitting Syrian refugees into America. Despite the fact that conflating refugees with terrorism is irrational and bigoted, this notion has spread quickly with: most of the Republican presidential aspirants making frighteningly bigoted statements...

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Invisible Victims

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 9:02 AM

Everyone made nice, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington last week. It was make up time. The Administration sought to demonstrate that despite, what the President referred to as their "minor difference" over the Iran deal, there were no remaining hard feelings. Three-quarters of the Congress welcomed...

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L'arrogance de Netanyahu et notre stupidité

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 3:56 PM

"Quand j'ai accédé au poste de Premier ministre pour un deuxième mandat, j'ai été convoqué à Washington. "Pas une seule brique!", m'a-t-on dit... La pression de la part de la communauté internationale et les Américains était énorme...Toujours est-il que, après cinq ans en poste, nous avons construit bien plus qu"une...

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Netanyahu's Arrogance; Our Stupidity

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2015 | 8:52 AM

"When I entered the Prime Minister's office for my second term, I was summoned to Washington. 'Not one brick', they told me...The pressure from the international community and the Americans was enormous...And still, after five years on the job, we built a little more than 'one brick'...the important thing is...

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Intolerance on Display

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 8:37 AM

Intolerance, especially when it comes to issues involving the Middle East, is a destructive force that has distorted American politics and our policies, rendering us powerless to provide constructive leadership across the Arab World. Such intolerance was on display last week following Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley's appearance at the...

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Strangling Jerusalem

(143) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 8:40 AM

We have been witnessing an epidemic of violence in Jerusalem. There have been killings and near fatal attacks in Israel and elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian lands, but it is Jerusalem that has been the epicenter of the violence. This tragedy has been compounded by the fact that most US...

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The Debate We Have, the Debate We Need

(33) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Since the end of the Vietnam War, every US president has been consumed with and defined by events in the Middle East. During all this time, we spent more money, sent more troops, fought more wars, lost more lives, and expended more political capital in that region than anywhere else...

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Responding to the Challenge of Russia in Syria

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 8:24 AM

No one should have been surprised that Russia committed their military to the task of saving their ally in Syria from defeat. And no one should now be surprised if Saudi Arabia steps up its support for the Syrian opposition; or if the opposition attacks Russian forces in Syria.

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Oslo: 1993-2015, RIP

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 8:01 AM

The Oslo Accords and its attendant peace process came into the world with a bang 22 years ago. This past week they exited with a sad whimper.

Once a focus of the world's concern, at this year's United Nation's General Assembly opening session the Israeli/Palestinian conflict was, at...

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An American Pope with a Challenge for America

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 10:03 AM

I was privileged to have been in attendance at many of Pope Francis' Washington events this past week. What came through so very clearly is that Francis is an American pope with a profoundly American message.

For two days, he held Washington captive. His visit to the...

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Dangerous Fantasy and Reality in the Internal Republican Debate

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 8:36 AM

Having lived in Washington for almost four decades, I thought I was beyond becoming outraged by politicians who made bizarre claims that distorted history and/or logic. This week's Republican debate, however, featured a number of whoppers that left my blood boiling. Unfortunately, they never received the media scrutiny they deserved...

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Remember Talk of a Bush-Clinton Match-up?

(97) Comments | Posted September 12, 2015 | 11:44 AM

It wasn't that long ago that the pundits had the 2016 presidential contest pegged as a Clinton-Bush match-up. While that may still occur, I wouldn't place a bet on it.

When the media speculation first began about these two families meeting up for a rematch on the electoral battlefield,...

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Obama Won, So Did Netanyahu

(351) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 10:10 AM

For the past several weeks, considerable attention was paid to the number of Democratic senators announcing their support for the Iran deal. The number needed to insure that the deal would go through was 34.

As the total came closer to the magic 34, media in...

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A Special Letter to the President From Members of the Democratic National Committee

(290) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 8:25 PM

MINNEAPOLIS -- At our just-completed summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, we circulated a "Special Letter to the President" wherein we asked our DNC colleagues to sign the letter supporting President Barack Obama's leadership in negotiating an agreement that would place strict limits on Iran's nuclear program.


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"You Stink"

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 9:03 AM

It was a stroke of genius that Lebanon's young protesters named their movement "You Stink". In just two words, they captured both the essence of their country's immediate crisis over uncollected garbage and its longer-term structural problems.

For months now, trash has been piling up in Lebanon's cities while the...

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Thank You Julian Bond

(8) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 10:03 AM

When Julian Bond died last week, every major news outlet featured tributes praising his more than five decades of leadership in the struggle for civil rights. He was all the things that were said about him. He was courageous and visionary, a steady hand and a thoughtful strategist, and a...

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An Open Letter to: Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch

(720) Comments | Posted August 15, 2015 | 10:22 AM

No American citizen should be subjected to the treatment that George Khoury and Habib Joudeh received when they arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel last month.

George is a 70 year old Palestinian American from San Francisco. Habib, 62, from Brooklyn, is also an American citizen...

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Finding a Way Forward for Syria

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 10:46 AM

A flurry of recent bilateral and multilateral discussions involving Americans, Russians, Saudis, and others have provoked speculation that there may be a renewed push for negotiations to end the conflict in Syria. I can only hope the speculation is not mere wishful thinking, because it should have been clear from...

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The GOP: Reaping What It Sowed

(1517) Comments | Posted August 1, 2015 | 9:25 AM

The 2016 Republican presidential contest has barely begun and it has already grown alternately tiresome and old or just downright scary. As a Democrat, I might be pleased, but as an American, I am deeply troubled. I just want it to end.

A part of the GOP problem is the...

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CVE in the US: More Harm Than Good

(17) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 6:28 PM

Congress is currently considering legislation that would create a whole new bureaucracy within the Department of Homeland Security to deal with "countering violent extremism" (CVE). According to the proposed bill, DHS will be required to reallocate funds for a new office with expanded powers to coordinate CVE efforts. Because the...

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