When American policymakers discuss Iran, the focus is on Israel, as if that were the only issue to consider. In reality, the Islamic Republic of Iran is not only a concern for Americans and Israelis -- it is also a growing concern for people across the Arab and Muslim worlds. In his e-book "Looking at Iran: the Rise and Fall of Iran in Public Opinion," author James J. Zogby, Ph.D., examines how in just six years Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in popularity among Arabs and Muslims. Based on brand new polling in 20 Arab and Muslim countries, the study reveals how Iran"s involvement in Iraq, Bahrain and Syria played a role in alienating Arab public opinion; how Iran"s nuclear program is now opposed by publics in almost every country surveyed; and how the Obama administration"s lower profile in the Middle East has actually improved U.S. standing in Arab public opinion.
Zogby is the director of Zogby Research Services, a firm engaged in groundbreaking public opinion research across the Arab World, as well as president of the Arab American Institute. He received his doctorate in Islamic studies from Temple University"s Department of Religion and later was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University.