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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.

You can follow Dr. Zogby on twitter at: www.twitter.com/AAIUSA

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Does Religion Matter In Politics?

(74) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 2:10 PM

Shortly after Tim Kaine had been elected Governor of Virginia in 2006, a discussion ensued among Democratic party leaders about the lessons that could learned from Kaine's victory. Some observations were interesting, others were not. One was particularly off the mark.

Because Kaine had often spoken about his Catholic faith,...

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Exploiting The Nightmare Of Orlando

(4) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 11:10 PM

We woke up last Sunday morning to news of the senseless slaughter of 49 innocents at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Because many of the victims were gay, it appeared that this had been a hate crime.

It wasn't long before the killer was identified as Omar Mateen, the American-born...

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Dump Trump

(80) Comments | Posted June 11, 2016 | 8:21 AM

Recent Trump outrages have thrown the GOP establishment into a tizzy. Reactions have been varied, ranging from a few brave souls who have denounced their nominee's bigotry to those who continue to hope against hope that Trump will begin to behave more "presidential". Ignored in all of this are two...

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My Role With the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee

(160) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 9:50 AM

I wasn't going to write about this subject, but something happened yesterday over lunch that prompted me to reconsider.

I was having a peaceful meal with my wife when two men sat down in the next booth. In loud voices they began to discuss the state of the presidential contest....

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샌더스는 아직 끝나지 않은 현상이다

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 1:31 AM

샌더스 현상은 실제로 존재한다. 이 현상이 나타나게 한 요인들을 살피고 이해할 필요가 있다.

올해 경선이 시작되었을 때 민주당 경선은 '이미 끝난 일'이라고 치부한 사람들이 많았다. 클린턴 장관이 당연히 후보가 될 것이고, 경선과 전당대회는 클린턴이 후보로 확정되기에 필요한 대의원들을 모을 때까지 귀찮지만 형식적으로 해야 되는 것이라는 정도로 생각했다.

1년 전 클린턴은...

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The Sanders Phenomenon

(464) Comments | Posted May 28, 2016 | 9:19 AM

There is a Sanders phenomenon. It is real and the factors that have prompted its emergence need to addressed and understood.

When this year's presidential primary began, many dismissed the Democratic Party contest as a "done deal". It was assumed that Secretary Clinton would be the inevitable...

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Benjamin Netanyahu Did It Again

(90) Comments | Posted May 21, 2016 | 9:06 AM

For weeks now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been engaged in public negotiations designed to bring Isaac Herzog, Chair of the "centrist" Zionist Union bloc, into his coalition government. And then, out of the blue, Netanyahu did a complete reversal, dropping Herzog and instead bringing the far right Avigdor...

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Double Standard in Defending Christians

(111) Comments | Posted May 14, 2016 | 7:35 AM

Christians in the Levant, especially those in Syria, Iraq, and Palestine, are facing grave challenges that are either misunderstood or ignored in the West. In recent years, protecting them or even acknowledging their existence has only been a concern of policy-makers or advocacy groups when it has fit their accepted...

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Our Original Sins

(47) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 8:35 AM

In some of my writings, I have observed the way the US has, for centuries, absorbed countless waves of immigrants from many continents transforming them, in short order, into Americans--comparing this to the European situation which does not, as a rule, provide the same opportunities for advancement and inclusion. I...

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From Cairo to Goldberg

(61) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 7:02 AM

Earlier this month "The Atlantic" magazine featured a cover story, "The Obama Doctrine", written by Jeffery Goldberg. Based on the author's many hours of interviews with President Obama, it represents an attempt to find a coherent framework with which to understand the President's overall foreign policy. It was both disappointing...

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A Lesson America Can Teach

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 3:59 PM

Europe clearly has a problem with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and intolerance toward new immigrants. In an effort to examine this worrisome set of concerns, the commission on which I sit as a member--the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom--recently convened a discussion with European Muslims and Jews.

I delivered...

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Why I Support Bernie Sanders

(316) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 8:57 AM

In 2003, while I was teaching at Davidson College in North Carolina, I saw an ad in the local newspaper announcing a "Going Out of Business" sale of Utica Linen products. The mill that had been making these linens was closing and relocating to Asia where they would be able...

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'Hints' of an End to Yemen's Nightmare

(14) Comments | Posted April 9, 2016 | 8:00 AM

For decades now, Yemen's people have suffered from bad governance, underdevelopment, and prolonged civil conflict. Despite enduring these multiple hardships, Yemenis have largely been ignored by the rest of the world.

During the past year, Yemen's pain has been compounded by a devastating air war. Earlier this week, the...

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The '13 Keys' to Winning the White House

(30) Comments | Posted April 2, 2016 | 9:17 AM

This year's presidential contest has proven to be both fascinating and, at times, frightening. Both parties are engaged in near existential struggles. In an effort to get the long view of the dynamics at work in this contest, last week, I hosted Allan Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American...

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Dangerous and Delusional

(70) Comments | Posted March 26, 2016 | 9:32 AM

The performances by four of the five remaining presidential candidates at AIPAC's policy conference made this a perfectly strange and unsettling week in Washington.

The entire affair was more of a spectacle than a conference. The setting was a sports arena with 18,000 spectators. The candidates appearing on a...

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AIPAC's Anti-BDS Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2016 | 9:30 AM

When the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) comes to town this week for their annual policy conference, high on the agenda of issues they'll be pushing Congress to support are bills designed to "fight the boycott of Israel." This campaign to combat efforts to "boycott, divest, or sanction" Israel...

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New York Times' Attempted Whitewash of Israel Poll

(129) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 7:19 AM

This past week the Pew Research Center released the results of a massive poll of Israeli public opinion - focusing on their attitudes toward religion, identity, values, and political issues facing their country. In the days that followed the release, a number of articles appeared in Israel and the US...

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Will the GOP Implode?

(54) Comments | Posted March 5, 2016 | 8:02 AM

This has been one crazy political week. It has been so tumultuous and, in some ways, so calamitous for the Republican party, that we may be witnessing a fatal rupturing of the GOP.

The week began with Donald Trump disastrously equivocating before making an outright repudiation of the Ku Klux...

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Trump: Feeding the 'Monster'

(158) Comments | Posted February 27, 2016 | 8:02 AM

Donald Trump's candidacy is American politics reduced to the absurd. It is theater in its most stripped down form--a show where the content is not as important as the event and the raw emotion it evokes.

From the earliest days of his candidacy, pundits have failed to understand Trump....

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The "Meta-Issues" Behind the Sanders-Clinton Contest

(26) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 12:26 PM

The Democratic presidential primary race is shaping up to be a fascinating contest between the voters' views of two distinct political personalities. Some find this state of affairs confounding, believing that the election should have been a "slam-dunk" for Hillary Clinton -- the former First Lady, twice elected Senator from...

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