Reaching out to the Muslim World

Produced by Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders

Original Broadcast: January 22, 2009


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On January 20, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. What is the state of relations between the United States and the Muslim world? How can the new president alter the course of the Bush administration and reach out to Muslims? What are the chances that dialogue and diplomacy will take precedence over a call to arms? What steps do Muslims think the new president should take to repair damages and rebuild trust?

Do you have any other questions you would like to discuss about US relations with the Muslim world at this beginning of a new era? Share your thoughts on these topics below.


Uli Schamiloglu – Chair of UW-Madison’s Middle East Studies Program and Professor of Turkic and Central Eurasian Studies in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia.

Abdulkader Sinno – Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, author of Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond (Cornell U Press, 2008) and editor of Muslims in Western Politics (Indiana University Press, 2008).

Hady Amr – Director, Brookings Doha Center; Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

Zeyno Baran – director of the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute.


Click on the player above to listen to host Jean Feraca’s full pre-recorded interview with Zeyno Baran.

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Last update: March 11, 2009.

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