Washington Watch: Iranians are Dissatisfied

Posted on January 07, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In the lead-up to Iran's presidential elections, a new Zogby Research Services (ZRS) poll shows that the Iranian people are not happy with either their economic situation or their government's priorities and performance. The ZRS poll was conducted in the last quarter of 2016 for the Sir Bani Yas Forum (SBY) and involved face-to-face interviews with over 1,000 Iranians nationwide. The results of this year's survey established growing dissatisfaction among Iranians and stood in marked contrast to the findings of our 2014 and 2015 SBY surveys of public opinion in Iran.  

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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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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 31: The Golden Rule

Posted on September 24, 2015 in Countdown
This Week on Countdown: The Pope visits the U.S., continuing bigotry in the election, an increase in refugees, and more...
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 29: Action for Syrian Refugees

Posted on September 10, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Syrian refugees assistance, the Iran deal, 2016 candidates show their true colors, and more
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Obama Won, So Did Netanyahu

Posted on September 08, 2015 in Washington Watch
As the number of Senators backing the agreement came closer to 34, media in the US and Israel were rife with analysis and commentary about what all this meant for Israel.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 27: Backsliding

Posted on August 27, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Huckabee in Israel, protests in Lebanon, the 14th amendment, and more
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Let's Make a Deal

Posted by Anna Toth on August 17, 2015 in Blog
While September 17th will be just another day for many of us, for our President, members of the international community, and members of our Congress it is the fast-approaching day of reckoning on the Iran nuclear deal which was negotiated last month by the P5+1 and Iran. The Obama administration has defended this deal against critics from both sides of the aisle, claiming that during negotiations, “the United States refused to take a bad deal, pressing for a deal that met every single one of our bottom lines. That’s exactly what we got.”
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 25: And We're Off

Posted on August 13, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: GOP debate, Chuck Schumer on Iran, Syria talks, Ferguson on year later and more
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Iran Nuclear Deal is a Diplomatic Victory

Posted by Hunter Headapohl on July 29, 2015 in Blog
On July 16 the Middle East Policy Council hosted a Capitol Hill forum about the recently negotiated Iran Nuclear Deal. The panel, made up of experts in defense, economics, and public policy, looked not so much at the deal itself but on the broader strategic and economic impacts of the agreement. The forum began with remarks from James Miller, former undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense and board member of the Atlantic council. Mr. Miller discussed the security implications of the agreement, arguing that we could not have gotten a better deal given the strict inspection standards of the agreement and the ability to snap back sanctions. Like many others, he shared concerns that Iran would try to cheat under the agreement, but argued that we are prepared to respond if they do so. He also countered the narrative of Iran’s military supremacy in the region, highlighting Iran’s relatively low military spending compared to Saudi Arabia and its restricted access to weapons under the sanctions.
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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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