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James Zogby: 'Arab Voices'

Jenny Asarnow
01/06/2011 at 8:00 p.m.

James Zogby says Americans are losing our lives in a part of the world we don't understand. Just as Americans have invested more money and more soldiers in the Middle East, he says we're closing our ears and our minds to what Arabs think and believe. Zogby is a pollster at his brother's research firm Zogby International, and for years, he's polled Arabs to find out what they believe about everything from women's rights to religion to America. His first conclusion? Like people anywhere, Arabs don't all agree about everything. James Zogby is distressed that this information comes as news to many self–styled Arab experts in America.

James Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute, a policy and advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. He's active in Democratic Party politics, and has advised President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson. Zogby is Lebanese American, and grew up in upstate New York. He spoke at the University of Washington's Kane Hall on October 21, 2010. The World Affairs Council sponsored his speech.

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