Washington Watch: Saudi Arabia is Changing

Posted on February 25, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Something is happening in Saudi Arabia. The country is undergoing real change. Many commentators have written about it, but in some instances their observations have been based on a one-off visit comparing what they've just seen with the biases they've learned—without context or history. I am by no means an expert on Saudi Arabia, but as someone who has visited the country over four dozen times in the past four decades and who has been able to conduct polling across the Kingdom for the past decade and a half, I want to share...

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Middle East 2016: Current and Future Challenges (December 2016)

Posted on December 15, 2016 in Reports

With the public release of the report Middle East 2016: Current Conditions and the Road Ahead, Dr. James Zogby examines views about the war in Syria, the roles of the United States, Russia, and Iran in the region, and causes of extremism, violence, and instability. The poll and resulting report were commissioned by the Sir Bani Yas Forum, convened annually in the United Arab Emirates on the initiative of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the U.A.E. Foreign Minister. The findings are being made...

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Middle East Perceptions of the Roles Played by Global and Regional Powers

Posted on December 15, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby The tumult that has rocked the Arab World, has contributed to dramatic changes in the Arab public's attitudes toward important global and regional powers. This is one of the findings of a recent Zogby Research Services (ZRS) poll of over 7,000 adults in six Arab countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Iraq), Turkey, and Iran. The wide-ranging study, prepared for the annual Sir Bani Yas Forum, covered a number of topics asking respondents to identify: obstacles to stability and...

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Muslim Millennials’ Views on Religion

Posted on January 11, 2016 in Washington Watch
At the close of 2015, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted face to face polling of 5,374 Muslim youth between the ages of 15 to 34 in eight Arab countries: Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and Palestine. The results of the study provided fascinating insights into the views of a much "talked about" but not often "talked to" generation of Arabs.
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Polling Middle East Views: Opinions on Current and Future Challenges

Posted on December 20, 2015 in Foreign Policy

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Listening to Voices Across the Middle East: 2015

Posted on December 14, 2015 in Washington Watch
Polling is like opening a window. It allows us to hear the voices of people and to understand their beliefs, concerns, and priorities. I call it "the respectful science" because the views of every individual count. When you listen, you learn.
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Dangerous Fantasy and Reality in the Internal Republican Debate

Posted on September 21, 2015 in Washington Watch
What the media missed in its criticism of Trump, was that the views expressed reflected a mindset that has become mainstream in today's Republican Party.
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A US-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

Posted on July 20, 2015 in Washington Watch
With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East.
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Deal or No Deal

Posted on July 13, 2015 in Washington Watch
Here in Washington and across the Middle East, many are holding their breath awaiting news of the outcome of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran: some, in hopeful anticipation; others with a sense of dread.
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Arab Public Opinion Comes First

Posted by Nicole Khamis on June 08, 2015 in Blog
Ambassadors, journalists, intellectuals, government workers, and advocacy groups all gathered at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri center to witness the public launch of the Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) this past Thursday. The Atlantic Council created MEST in February 2015 under the bipartisan co-chairmanship of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright and former U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley. The goals of the MEST are twofold: first, to examine the underlying issues of the region, while identifying ways in which people in the Middle East can build and support government institutions for long term stability in the region.
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