Since the upheaval in Egypt and the beginning of the so-called "Arab Spring," which began in Tunisia, President Obama has faced a changing Middle East and Muslim world, where America's values often conflict with strategic interests. A new generation wants the end of repressive dictatorships. Will that lead to democracy and the defeat of Islamic extremists like bin Laden's al Qaeda? Will it create new opportunities for Iran, since the US long supported those now-failing regimes in the quest for stability and supplies of oil? If Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah are really united, will the peace process with Israel get new life or remain in limbo?
Massive Change in the Middle East and the Muslim World
- Rami Khouri - syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut - @RamiKhouri
- Steven A. Cook - Council on Foreign Relations - @stevenacook
- Hussein Ibish - Arab Gulf States Institute / International New York Times - @Ibishblog
- Aaron David Miller - Carnegie Endowment; former Middle East peace negotiator - @aarondmiller2