President Obama to Address Muslim World

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today President Obama will deliver his first major policy speech to the Muslim World since the beginning popular demonstrations and political revolutions began sweeping across the Middle East and Northern Africa. It's not his first speech on the region. In June, 2009, the president addressed the region from Cairo University, speaking in broad terms in order to reset the relationship with the region following the Bush administration. Today’s Arab world demands a different kind of speech than the one delivered during the commander in chief's first year in office. President Obama will be forced to address specific nations and outline concrete agendas.

Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at New York University analyzes the President's earlier speech and looks ahead to his administration’s Middle East policy.


Zachary Lockman

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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Thanks for reminding us of the massively overrated Cairo speech. The best parts of the speech was platitudinous appeasement and the worst parts were stern criticisms against the United States that drew applause from the students. The two "concrete" denunciations were against Bush era programs that led to the finding of OBL. I wonder if the students are applauding now? If "democracy" is in such demand that why must the US distance herself from the only real democracy in the region and apologize for creating the only nascent Muslim democracy; Israel and Iraq respectively. It is interesting to watch how the media is so desperate to project their fantasy of diplomatic greatness on to this President instead of honestly observing what he does and says which is very disappointing.

May. 19 2011 08:48 AM

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