Hard Questions for the New President

From the Middle East Times:

By Daniel Hoffman ’09

As Barack Obama assumes the U.S. presidency he will be catapulted into familiar crises: negotiating Palestinian-Israeli peace, stemming political instability in Afghanistan, and dealing with the growing regional power of Iran.

These issues appear similar to the challenges faced over two decades ago when presidents Carter and Reagan sought to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace and confronted Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran. The fabric of the Middle East, however, is quite different, largely due to the changing role of Islam and politics, which means that difficult questions about American foreign policy will have to be confronted.