As we enter the final months before the historic 2008 presidential election, how has the American character and our attitude towards politics and foreign policy changed?
According to pollster John Zogby, the conventional wisdom about Americans -- that we're isolated from the world, politically fragmented, and inclined toward material pleasure -- isn't just flawed, it may be 180 degrees from the truth.
Drawing on thousands of in-depth surveys, he reveals a new and developing American character, including the emergence of the most globally oriented generation in our history.
Join the Council for a conversation with John Zogby as he helps us to understand where we are headed politically, culturally and globally, as well as how this new direction is shaping the politics behind both presidential campaigns- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Jane Wales is vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council, and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Previously, Wales was a special assistant to President Clinton, senior director of the National Security Council, and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
She also chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Wales is the former national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
John Zogby is President and Chief Executive Officer of Zogby International, a leading public opinion and market research firm. Mr. Zogby routinely conducts polls on health care reform and global health efforts. Among his accomplishments, he is widely recognized for correctly predicting the cliffhanger result of the 2000 presidential election for George W. Bush, in contrast to most other pollsters who had projected that Bush would win easily.
Mr. Zogby established his firm in 1984 and since then has been tracking public opinion in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. He has written guest editorials for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other major newspapers, and he is the author of a forthcoming portrait of the new American consumer, which will be published by Random House this fall. Mr. Zogby holds degrees in history from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University.