Baker Institute founding director available to discuss implications of President Obamas Middle

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: [email protected] Institute founding director available to discuss implications of President Obama’s Middle East speechPresident Barack Obama will give a major address Thursday at the State Department in which he is expected to outline his views on the Arab Spring and the dramatic political upheaval taking place in the Middle East. Obama is likely to discuss the administration’s efforts to advance both U.S. national security interests and values in the region at a time of historic change. While peaceful pro-democracy movements unseated leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, protests in many other Arab states have been met with repression and violence. Furthermore, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have stalled, and tensions between Israel and its Arab neighbors have grown markedly since the beginning of this year.Edward Djerejian, the founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss with members of the news media the implications of Obama’s speech as well as major developments in the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. He served as U.S. ambassador to Syria and to Israel as well as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. “Absent forward movement on the Israeli-Palestinian peace track, there is a real possibility of a deepening regional crisis occurring by September if the Palestinians seek U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state and Israel responds by annexing the settlement blocks in the West Bank,” Djerejian said.Djerejian is a leading expert on national security, foreign policy and the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia. He is the author of “Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East” (Simon & Schuster Threshold Editions, September 2008). To schedule an interview with Djerejian, contact Jessica Stark at 713-348-6777 or [email protected] To view Djerejian’s bio, go to FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img

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