Media Briefing: Obama Travels to Middle East

March 14, 2013 // 2:00pm2:30pm
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On March 20 Barack Obama makes his first trip to Israel as President, also including visits to the West Bank and Jordan. Will this visit help thaw icy relations between Obama and Netanyahu? How will continued violence in Syria factor into the conversation between the two? And how will a new Israeli government affect Netanhayu's position?

Experts on Israel, Arab-Israeli negotiations and U.S.-Middle East relations answered these questions and more in this media briefing call.

Event Speakers List: 
  • Aaron David Miller // Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar
    Historian, analyst, negotiator, and former advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations, 1978-2003.
  • Haleh Esfandiari // Director Emerita, Middle East Program
  • David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
    Middle East Specialist and Former Washington Post Correspondent
  • Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
    Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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