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Obama’s Middle East policy Is a Failure

November 4th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

Last September, when President Obama invited Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House to launch a new round of peace talks, he invoked the great historical figures on both sides of the conflict who had come before them. “Each of you are the heirs of peacemakers who dared greatly – Begin and Sadat, Rabin and King Hussein – statesmen who saw the world as it was but also imagined the world as it should be,” the president said. “It is the shoulders of our predecessors upon which we stand. It is their work that we carry on.”

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Rashid Khalidi

Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Columbia University

August 24th, 2010, Academia, Arabic, Author/Novelist, English, New York, North Africa and Middle East, North America, North America, Palestine, Religion, Terrorism, USA, War and Conflict

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Rashid Khalidi has been the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University since 2003. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1987 until 2003. Previously, he taught at the Lebanese University and the American University of Beirut from 1974 to 1983, and at Georgetown and Columbia universities from 1983 until 1987. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1970 and a D. Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University in 1974.

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