Author Archives: Dr James J Zogby


Dr James J Zogby

Rightward drift

The contest has begun to determine who will be the Republican candidate to square off against President Obama in the 2012 elections. For months now, individuals have been announcing either their intention


Dr James J Zogby

Here, not there

This week a bit of controversy erupted in Washington when it was announced that the performance of Malek Jandali, a Syrian musician, had been dropped from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s (ADC) annual


Dr James J Zogby

Letter from the Arab World

I am writing from the Middle East where I am catching an earful about last month’s dueling speeches between President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu. To say that majorities here express deep


Dr James J Zogby

Prospects and problems

Given the upheavals occurring across the Middle East, with some of the most difficult situations right on their doorsteps, it might be seen as remarkable that business leaders in the Kingdom of


Dr James J Zogby

Excite some, incite some

Reactions to President Obama’s speech on developments in the Arab World were a striking reminder of just how deep and troubling the disconnect in the US-Israel-Arab relationship, and how dysfunctional politics in


Dr James J Zogby

Is peace a pipedream?

The Middle East is in turmoil, its political map being rewritten by revolts against the status quo. But in the heart of this region, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, actors, on all sides,


Dr James J Zogby

Change from within

While much of what has come to be known as “the Arab Spring” remains a work in progress, there can be no doubt that a new dynamic has been unleashed across the region – one that will have a profound impact as it continues to play out in the years to come.
What is most important to recognise is the fact that the developments that have unfolded since Tunisia have all been generated internally, putting to rest the patronising mythology of the neo-conservatives and their ilk, who had


Dr James J Zogby

No system is born perfect

“Will Arabs be able to form real democracies?” (or some variation on that theme) is a question I am frequently asked these days. After several exchanges with those who ask this question, I have come to realise that in most instances, in the backs of their minds, are a set of assumptions about what constitutes a “real democracy” and a rather na


Dr James J Zogby

The hysteria of hate

The matter of bigotry against Muslims in America has been with us for quite some time now. In the past week, there were multiple incidents that served to catapult this problem to the forefront of national attention.
On Sunday, CNN broadcast a “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” a remarkable documentary, produced by Soledad O’Brien, that tells the story of the conflict in Murfreesboro, TN over whether or not that town’s Muslim community would be allowed to build a new mosque.<br


Dr James J Zogby

Of Congressional critics

For weeks now, President Barack Obama has faced a barrage of criticism from Republicans over his Administration’s failure to intervene in Libya’s ongoing conflict. The GOP’s assault accused the President of “weakness”, “dithering”, and “a lack of leadership”. But, coming from the same cast of characters who recklessly led us into Iraq, the attacks could be dismissed as partisan rhetoric.
Then, in what appeared to be a sudden about face, the Administration moved quickly to press


Dr James J Zogby

The roots of revolt

All too frequently these days, I am asked whether our past polling at Zogby International gave us any advance clues to the uprisings that have occurred in several Arab countries. The answer, of course, is no. We were surprised, as I believe were the demonstrators themselves, by the outpouring of support and the rapid growth of their movements in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond.
But while our polling couldn’t predict the uprisings, it nevertheless has been helpful in contributing to our


Dr James J Zogby

Need for change

When speaking about the Arab uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond, the language used here in the US is euphoric. Expressions like “nothing will ever be the same again” and “the existing order is being swept away” are common. But when the conversation comes home, the exuberant rhetoric is pushed aside and hard-nosed practicality becomes the order of the day. “The President had no choice,” the pundits said, “he had to veto. Republicans would have pounced on him and the pro-Israel

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