Washington Watch: Fifteen Years Later

Posted on February 17, 2018 in Washington Watch

by Dr. James J. Zogby

Over the next few weeks, I want to take a look back to February and March of 2003, to those fateful days leading up to the Bush Administration's disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. I remember all too well the lies that were told, the hysteria that was created, the bullying tactics that were used to silence debate, and the mass mobilization that was organized in opposition to the war.  

In the end, then President George W. Bush ignored American public opinion and the sage advice of senior Republican statesmen like former Secretary of State...

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Trump’s National Security Strategy

Posted on December 21, 2017 in Countdown Vol. 17 no. 9: Oh, What a Year!

It’s hard to put Trump and “strategy” in the same sentence, given the President’s tendency to fire reckless, unadvisable tweets at all hours of the day, but he did release his official “National Security Strategy,” so we had to put that sentence together. But when you see the Washington Post reporting that Trump “may not have read” his own national security strategy, you realize we’re back in la la land where we belong. So how is this strategy document different from previous administrations’? For starters, it fails to note the seriousness of climate change as a threat to...


Washington Watch: Trump's Jerusalem Decision: A Fatal and Fateful Blow

Posted on December 09, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns: While we have all grown weary of hearing the over-used mantra "this is the end of the peace process", Trump's decision may, in fact, be the nail in the coffin for any negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the first place, there is no peace process. It has been replaced, instead, by a breath-holding exercise with Israelis and Palestinians waiting for Trump...

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AAI Responds to President Trump's Decision on Jerusalem

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 06, 2017 in Blog

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org  For Immediate Release: December 6, 2017 Official Statement from AAI President James Zogby (Washington) The following is a statement from Arab American Institute President James Zogby on President Trump’s announcement regarding Jerusalem: Listening to President Trump's announcement regarding Jerusalem was profoundly disturbing. It's a devastating blow: to Muslims and Christians living under harsh Israeli rule in occupied Jerusalem; to Arab and Muslim sensitivities; and to U.S. relations with our Arab allies. It also damages U.S. leadership worldwide,...

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From Riyadh to Warsaw: Trump’s Foreign Policy clarified

Posted by Ryan Suto on July 12, 2017 in Blog

Last week President Trump visited Poland to deliver his second international speech, with the first in Saudi Arabia back in May. The speeches he delivered in Riyadh and Warsaw have clarified the Trump administration’s attitude and general approach to foreign policy: that of insisting there is a civilizational divide in the world, placing the U.S. and Europe on one side and the Middle East on the other. 

The Obama Administration, as with preceding presidential administrations, has been rightly criticized for speaking about values and human rights to the world but not reflecting such words in actions or...

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RNC 2016: Foreign Policy

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"A Republican president will never embrace a Marxist dictator, in Venezuela or anywhere else. The current chief executive has allowed that country to become a narcoterrorist state, an Iranian outpost threatening Central America, and a safe haven for the agents of Hezbollah."

 To read the full RNC 2016 Platform, click here

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DNC 2016: Foreign Policy

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

 "We believe that development assistance is an essential instrument of American power. It can prevent threats, enhance stability, and reduce the need for military force."

 "We will support local development efforts, recognizing the self-determination of the peoples and countries we assist to direct their own futures. We will also learn from recent conflicts to improve civilian capacity for conflict prevention and stabilization"

  To read the full DNC 2016 Platform, click here

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