Top Obama Middle East adviser Dennis Ross stepping down
November 10th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Obama Middle East adviser Dennis Ross stepping down

Washington (CNN) - Dennis Ross, one of the president's top advisers dealing with Middle East policy, announced Thursday he's stepping down from his post, leaving prospects for the administration's efforts to restart the peace process even more uncertain.

He cited a promise he made to his wife to serve in the Obama administration for only two years.

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CNN Poll: Majority say invoke War Powers Act
May 31st, 2011
01:26 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority say invoke War Powers Act

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's overseas trip is done, but a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll indicates domestic debate over some hot-button international policy issues, including Libya and the Middle East, rages on.

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On Libya, some members of Congress want to invoke the War Powers Act, and according to the survey, a majority of Americans appear to agree. Fifty-five percent of people questioned in the poll, which was released Tuesday, believe that Congress, not the president, should have the final authority for deciding whether the U.S. should continue its military mission in Libya.
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Administration defends Obama omitting Saudis from Mideast speech
May 23rd, 2011
04:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Administration defends Obama omitting Saudis from Mideast speech

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama did not specifically mention key U.S. ally Saudi Arabia in his Middle East speech last week because he couldn't single out every Middle Eastern country individually, an administration official said Monday.

"You can't, obviously, address every single issue and relationship in the Middle East," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday, answering a reporter's question at a press briefing.
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Netanyahu to Obama: No return to 1967 lines
May 20th, 2011
02:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Netanyahu to Obama: No return to 1967 lines

Washington (CNN) –Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday firmly rejected President Barack Obama's call for a return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, telling the U.S. leader that such a move is impossible in light of current security concerns and demographic realities.

Listen: Candy Crowley and Bob Costantini talk Obama-Middle East and the GOP's Help Wanted attitude:

The two leaders pledged to work together, however, in the pursuit of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Updated 2:42 p.m.

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GOP contenders: Obama has 'thrown Israel under the bus'
May 20th, 2011
10:19 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP contenders: Obama has 'thrown Israel under the bus'

Washington (CNN) – As President Obama's speech on the U.S. role in the Middle East is getting praise by some around the world, it is also receiving harsh criticism from political opponents at home.

One Republican presidential hopeful is accusing the president of having a dangerous foreign policy, while another claims Obama is making a "dangerous demand." Two others alternately claim the president has "betrayed" and "disrespected" Israel.

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Libyan rebels pronounce Obama speech 'good enough'
May 19th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Libyan rebels pronounce Obama speech 'good enough'

(CNN) – Libyan rebels praised President Barack Obama's Thursday address on the U.S. role in the Middle East, while some Syrian activists expressed disappointment that Obama didn't push harder on their embattled ruler.

In Benghazi, the heart of the Libyan revolt against longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi, a rebel leader pronounced Obama's speech in support of democratic movements across the region "good enough."

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Obama announces 'new chapter in American diplomacy'
May 19th, 2011
01:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama announces 'new chapter in American diplomacy'

Washington (CNN) – The United States will support efforts for reform across the Middle East and North Africa, including "transitions toward democracy," President Barack Obama said Thursday

In a speech at the U.S. State Department laying out his policies toward the region, the president said he is marking "a new chapter in American diplomacy."

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Live blog of Obama’s Middle East address
May 19th, 2011
11:21 AM ET
4 years ago

Live blog of Obama’s Middle East address

Washington (CNN) - In the wake of the Arab Spring protests across the Middle East and North Africa, President Barack Obama will pledge U.S. economic assistance to Egypt and Tunisia on Thursday in a speech highlighting his administration's revised policies toward the changing region.

1:23 p.m. ET - @clancycnn: It was an important speech. Pivotal? I'm afraid not. Arab/Muslim world will wait and watch - for what actions the U.S. takes.

1:15 p.m. ET - @clancycnn: Several have pointed out Obama said vote for a Palestinian state was "symbolic" and wouldn't create a state. But its a legal move.

1:11 p.m. ET - @arwacnn: #syria activists tell me not happy w/#obama speech, wanted 2 hear him say #assad has lost legitimacy 2 lead & step down #CNNTV #MEspeech
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The Sweep: Obama's do-over on the Middle East
May 18th, 2011
07:17 PM ET
4 years ago

The Sweep: Obama's do-over on the Middle East

Washington (CNN) - In many ways, the promises President Obama made in his 2009 speech to the Arab and Muslim world was doomed from the start. Obama might have sounded like an idealist, but he was thinking like a realist.

The White House billed the Cairo speech as "A New Beginning," and the president made tantalizing promises not only to show progress in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but on encouraging democratic reform, and engaging authoritarian leaders hostile to the United States.

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Carney: Obama will have 'specific new ideas' in Middle East speech
May 17th, 2011
01:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Carney: Obama will have 'specific new ideas' in Middle East speech

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will have "specific new ideas" about U.S. policy for the Middle East in his highly anticipated speech about the region this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

"I can say safely the president will make news Thursday when he gives his speech," Carney told reporters.

He declined to provide further details, but officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have said new sanctions against Syria are under consideration.


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