Obama babysteps into the fray in the Middle East

Friday, January 23, 2009

President Obama had a second busy day in office. He immediately named former Senate majority leader George Mitchell as special envoy to the Middle East and former United Nations ambassador Richard Holbrooke as envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. This move makes it clear foreign policy is a priority for the new President. We're joined by Daniel Levy director of the Middle East Initiative at the New America Foundation for his take on these appointments. Mr. Levy was a member of the official Israel negotiating team at the Oslo B and Taba talks in 1995.

"We might have mid-east peace before we know who the second Minnesota senator is."
— Daniel Levy on the prospects of peace in the Middle East under the Obama administration


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