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.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 2:45pm
Israel: Strong Words Must Be Followed by Strong Action
I was both understanding of and puzzled by the Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s announcement of new settlement construction in occupied Palestinian lands. It was just a few weeks ago that the White House signed a new 10-year agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committing a...
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Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:15am
Platform and Politics: The Change We Made
The quadrennial process of party platform writing is more of a political exercise than a policy deliberation. When party leaders sit down to debate what will or will not go into their platform, their eyes are less focused on what will constitute sound policy. Instead they consider the politics...
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Monday, July 25, 2016 - 3:45pm
Israel/Palestine: Bad Policy, Bad Politics
To understand why the United States fails so miserably in efforts to achieve an Israeli/Palestinian peace, all you need to do is take a look at the mix of bad policy and bad politics found in the Israel/Palestine sections of platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties. The Republican...
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Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 1:00pm
Democratic Party Platform Fight on Israel and Palestine
[At last week’s Democratic Party platform drafting meeting, I introduced Bernie Sanders’ amendment to the Israel/Palestine section calling for and end to the occupation and settlements. What follows are my comments , speaking for the amendment:] During her opening comments, DNC Chairwoman Wasserman...
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Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 2:00pm
My Role With the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee
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. At one point, the...
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Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 11:15am
Dangerous and Delusional
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...
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Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 12:19pm
Whether in Egypt or America, It Takes Organization to Win
In 1981, my brother, John Zogby, ran for Mayor of Utica, New York. Like other factory towns across New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-Western states, Utica was in decline. The factories that had employed tens of thousands had closed and gone south. With the loss of these jobs, the city was in the beginning of a steep decline.
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