May 31, 2017
Dr. James J. Zogby is 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. Dr. Zogby is also Managing Director of Zogby Research Services, LLC, specializing in research and communications and undertaking polling across the Arab world. Dr. Zogby was twice appointed by President Obama to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, the first of its kind in the world, dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee, co-chair of the party’s Resolutions Committee and Chair of its Ethnic Council.
Zogby is the creator and host of the award-winning call-in political television show “Viewpoint,” and is frequently featured on national and international media as an expert on Middle East affairs. 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 12 Arab and South Asian countries. In 2010, Zogby published the highly-acclaimed book, Arab Voices. His 2013 e-book Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab Public Opinion and “20 Years After Oslo” are drawn from his extensive polling across the Middle East with Zogby Research Services.