Congress and Diaspora Politics

The Influence of Ethnic and Foreign Lobbying

Edited by James A. Thurber, Colton C. Campbell, and David A. Dulio

Subjects: Political Science, Public Policy, Congressional Studies, Asian American Studies, Jewish Studies
Hardcover : 9781438470870, 284 pages, September 2018
Paperback : 9781438470887, 284 pages, July 2019

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Tables and Figures

1. Congress and Diaspora Politics: The Influence of Ethnic and Foreign Lobbying
James A. Thurber, Colton C. Campbell, and David A. Dulio

2. Foreign Government Efforts to Influence Congressional Foreign and Defense Policy
Chuck Cushman

3. A View from K Street
Patrick Griffin and William Danvers

4. Jewish American Foreign Policy Lobbies
Kirk J. Beattie

5. Uphill on the Hill: Pro-Arab Lobbying after the Arab Winter
Khalil Mousa Marrar

6. The Armenian and Turkish Lobbying, and the (Non-) Recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States
Julien Zarifian

7. Opportunistic Partners: Mexican and Mexican-American Interests in Congressional Lobbying
Walter Clark Wilson and William Curtis Ellis

8. Congress and the Politics of the End of the Cuba Embargo
Patrick J. Haney

9. Vietnamese Americans and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: The Grassroots Lobby Takes on the Corporatized State
Christian Collet

10. A View from the Hill
Gregory C. McCarthy

Appendix A
Appendix B

Studies the impact of lobbying efforts by domestic ethnic groups and foreign governments on US policymaking.


Congress and Diaspora Politics examines the impact of lobbying efforts by domestic ethnic groups and foreign governments on US policymaking. Over time, the number and variety of ethnic groups have grown, and foreign governments have increasingly turned to professional lobbyists rather than relying on their diplomatic corps to cultivate relationships with Congress. The case studies presented here examine this new lobbying environment by focusing on Jewish American, Muslim American, and Cuban American interest groups as well as lobbying efforts by the governments of Turkey, Armenia, Mexico, and others. They explore the strategies, tactics, and resources utilized to impact policymaking. The volume also offers perspectives of those who have worked on both sides of the lobbying equation—"a view from K Street" (the lobbying side) and "a view from the Hill" (the congressional side). Finally, challenges lawmakers face when diaspora interests intersect with national interests are covered.

James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government at American University and the editor of many books, including (with Jordan Tama) Rivals for Power, Sixth Edition: Presidential-Congressional Relations. Colton C. Campbell is Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College. His many books include Congress and Civil-Military Relations (coedited with David P. Auerswald). David A. Dulio is Professor of Political Science at Oakland University and the author of many books, including For Better or Worse? How Political Consultants are Changing Elections in the United States, also published by SUNY Press.


"The contributors to this highly readable and informative volume include leading academics and others with firsthand experience. " — CHOICE

"Informative and insightful, this book makes an important contribution by bringing together, for the first time, the impact of both ethnic and foreign lobbying on US foreign and domestic policy. " — Thomas Ambrosio, North Dakota State University