Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Perceptions and Misperceptions: The US and the Arab World

16 May 2016 - 12:30 to 13:30

Chatham House, London


Dr James Zogby, President and Founder, Arab American Institute
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



The mutual misperceptions of Americans and Arab countries have been a central issue in international relations since the ‘war on terror’, and the divisive rhetoric about Muslims in the current US election campaign threatens to polarize people even more. Evidence-based research on public opinion in the US and the Arab world can help shed light on the real concerns of ordinary people, as well as providing insights on how each perceives the other.

Dr James Zogby has over three decades of experience working on US-Arab relations and is a pre-eminent pollster, conducting polls across the Middle East. Based on recent polling he has carried out in the region and on research on the state of play in the US elections, Dr Zogby will analyse the attitudes of both sides towards each other and how these reflect, and may affect, their relationship going forward.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.