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As President Obama enters his second term, experts warn that his administration must radically rethink ways to achieve an Israeli-Arab peace deal or risk seeing his goal of a two-state solution slip away. Yet, while they agree that the old approaches will not work, there is a range of possibilities of what might achieve peace.

A recent panel of Middle East experts at a Washington symposium organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace also agreed that this month’s conflict in Gaza was a microcosm of the tectonic shifts that President Obama is going to confront in his second term.

Listen to the strong opinions of some of the top policy advisors on the Middle East – thought provoking! Then let us know what you think should be done.


Mohamed Elshinnawi

Egyptian-American Mohamed Elshinnawi is a senior reporter at VOA. He covered the Middle East peace process from Camp David in 1978 through the 1993 Oslo Agreements to Syrian-Israeli talks in 2000. He interviewed Arab heads of state, prime ministers, foreign ministers and as well as ranking U.S. officials, including members of Congress. He hosted "Dialogue with the West," a live TV show which, broadcast via satellite from Washington, reached 35 million Arabs. He is fluent in Arabic and English.


  1. Bassma M. Dessouki

    December 12, 2012

    Because all experts agree it is in the best interest of the Us

  2. Anonymous

    December 11, 2012

    Can I ask an other question? " WHY Should Obama Do Something to Solve the Arab-Israeli Conflict?


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