In just six years, Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in popularity among Arabs and Muslims. How can this downturn be explained, and what lessons should American policymakers take from it? Arab American Institute President James Zogby recently discussed these questions at the Baker Institute, citing a study in his new book, "Looking at Iran: Iran"s Rise and Fall in Public Opinion."
Based on polling in 20 Arab and Muslim countries, Zogby"s study reveals how Iran"s involvement in Iraq, Bahrain and Syria played a role in alienating Arab public opinion. The study also shows how Iran"s nuclear program is now opposed by the public 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.
The Arab American Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based organization that serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community. Zogby Research Services conducts public opinion polling and analyzes data.
Watch video of Zogby's May 30, 2013, presentation, above.