President Bush has dispatched the State Department's new undersecretary for public diplomacy to help shore up America's image in the Middle East.
Karen Hughes, a long-time advisor to the president, is slated to arrive in Egypt Sunday as part of what she says is a campaign to counter a terrorist message of hate with one of freedom and hope. Sworn in earlier this month, she says one of her primary roles is putting a human face on American policy.
During her five-day trip, which includes stops in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, she will meet with senior government officials, students and religious leaders.
Her trip comes as numerous polls indicate a surge in anti-Americanism in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.