So what should President Barack Obama say to the Middle East? That was the question before a panel of Middle East experts convened recently by two Washington-based nonprofit groups - the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Project for Middle East Democracy.
Click the videos below to view excerpts of the panelists' addresses.
J. Scott Carpenter
Carpenter says the
Obama administration must
recognize the Bush administration’s mission to promote freedom in the
East failed. He says the U.S. must narrowly define its interests in the
Michele Dunne cautions the Obama
against developing a rigid list of policy priorities for the Middle
East and encourages
officials instead to develop a framework for dealing with
challenges that are likely to arise.
Heather Hurlburt encourages Obama’s
administration to listen to leaders in the Middle East and promote
exchanges between Americans and Arabs.
Hisham Melhem says Obama’s tone will
important when he addresses the Middle East.