Viewpoint with James Zogby: Lara Friedman on the Israeli Palestinian conflict

Posted on December 16, 2015

This week's guest is Lara Friedman,  Director of Policy and Government, Americans for Peace Now

Lara Friedman is Director of Policy and Government Relations for Americans for Peace Now. As a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Israeli settlements policy, and Jerusalem, Ms. Friedman frequently meets and briefs Members of Congress, US Administration officials, foreign diplomats, and other members of the foreign policy community. She is a frequent resource for journalists and policymakers, and regularly publishes opinion and analysis pieces in the US and Israeli press. A former Foreign Service Officer, she served in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Vin Weber on the 2016 Presidential Election

Posted on December 08, 2015

This week's guest is the Hon. Vin Weber, a leading Republican Party strategist, and a former U.S. Representative representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District.

Congressman Weber served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. He was a member of the Appropriations Committee and an elected member of the House Republican Leadership. Congressman Weber is one of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party and enjoys strong bipartisan relationships across the legislative and executive branches of government. He serves as a trusted advisor to senior officials in the Administration and...

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Viewpoint with Jim Zogby: Paul Salem on Lebanon, Turkey, and ISIL

Posted on November 30, 2015

This week's guest is Paul Salem, Vice President for Policy and Research, Middle East Institute

Paul Salem is vice president for policy and research at the Middle East Institute. He focuses on issues of political change, democratic transition, and conflict, with a regional emphasis on the countries of the Levant and Egypt. Salem writes regularly in the Arab and Western press and has been published in numerous journals and newspapers. Salem is the author of a number of books and reports on the Middle East, including most recently Broken Orders: The Causes and Consequences of the Arab Uprisings (Beirut: Dar Annahar, in Arabic,...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Jen Smyers on the Politics of the Refugee Crisis

Posted on November 23, 2015

This week's guest is Jen Smyers, Associate Director for Immigration and Refugee Policy, Church World Service 

Jen Smyers serves as the Associate Director for Immigration and Refugee Policy with Church World Service, and has been with CWS for more than six years. In this position, Ms. Smyers meets with national policy makers to advocate for improved assistance for refugees resettled in the United States and immigration reform that reunites families and creates a path to citizenship for individuals who are undocumented. She has developed and facilitated various teach-ins, trainings, sermons, scripture studies, and curricula, including Immigration as a Human Rights Issue:...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Paul Pillar on Counterterrorism

Posted on November 18, 2015

This week's guest is Paul Pillar, nonresident senior fellow, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution

Paul Pillar is a 28-year veteran of the CIA and the National Intelligence Council, where he served in a number of positions, including chief of analysis at the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, and National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia.  Pillar is a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, a nonresident senior fellow of the Center for Security Studies in the...

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Viewpoint with Jim Zogby: Peter Fenn (Fenn Communications)

Posted on November 13, 2015


Peter Fenn is the President of the Fenn Communications Group,a political and public affairs media firm. Prior to forming the firm, Mr. Fenn was the first Executive Director of Democrats for the 80’s, a political action committee founded by Pamela Harriman and then-Governor Bill Clinton. Peter also served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and as Washington Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church. In 1983, Peter helped found and was the first Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics. In...

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Viewpoint with Jim Zogby: Lavinia Limon

Posted on November 04, 2015

Today's guest is Lavinia Limón, President & Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)

Lavinia Limón has more than 30 years of experience working on behalf of refugees and immigrants.  Prior to joining USCRI in August of 2001, Ms. Limón was Director of the Center for the New American Community, a project of the National Immigration Forum.  During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Limón  served as the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services, designing and implementing programs to assist newly arriving refugees in achieving economic and social self-sufficiency.  She...

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Viewpoint with Jim Zogby: Maya Berry

Posted on November 04, 2015

    This week's guest is Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute. In 1996 she established AAI’s first Government Relations department, which she led for 5 years before becoming Legislative Director for House Minority Whip David Bonior, where she developed policies on international relations, human rights, trade, and immigration. Berry started her career in public service working for ACCESS, the nation's oldest and largest Arab American human services non-profit. Berry is also the founder of MidAmr Group, a private consulting firm dedicated...

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Viewpoint Has Returned! This Week: Palestine

Posted on October 21, 2015

This week's guest is Khaled Elgindy, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and a a founding board member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association. He previously served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations held throughout 2008. He is a co-author of "The Arab Awakening: America and the Transformation of the Middle East" (Brookings Institution Press, 2011). ...

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