Reactions to Obama's Call For A New Beginning

He touched on many sensitive issues. What has to change now?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Speaking at Cairo University, President Obama touched on issues including Iraq, women's rights, economic development, and religious tolerance. For more analysis on relations between America and the Muslim world, we turn to Professor Peter Awn, director of the Middle East studies program at Columbia University and Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard and author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Council on Foreign Relations)

"When it came to the specifics in the talk, it's a pretty thin speech. In terms of specific policy points, it's not a game-changer."
— Harvard Professor Noah Feldman on President Obama's speech in Cairo


Peter Awn and Noah Feldman

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Andrea Bernstein

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President Obama's Cairo speech was not meant to be a discussion of policy issues. It was a deliberate effort to reach out and change the tone in the conversation with the muslim world. Changes in long held perceptions and mistrust about US intentions will likely persist,as Mr. Obama repeatedly acknowleged. However, his speech is a critical first installment in ushering a new era of understanding and respect between the US and muslim countries.

Jun. 04 2009 02:39 PM

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