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Is JFK’S 1963 “Strategy of Peace” Applicable to the Middle East Today?

David Gregory, SIS/BA '92

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In 2013, American University marked the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s commencement address at AU on June 10, 1963. Titled “A Strategy of Peace,” the speech called for engagement with the Soviet Union to lessen the dangers of nuclear war and represented a turning point in U.S. foreign policy and a groundbreaking example of political communication as a public policy tool.

Fifty years later, the speech holds long-lasting significance, courageous in its call for a nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union and innovative for initiating direct dialogue with adversaries.

To commemorate the anniversary, David Gregory, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and a SIS alumnus, hosted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren to discuss whether “A Strategy of Peace” is possible in the Middle East today.

"Meet the Press" at SIS with host David Gregory: Part 1

"Meet the Press" at SIS with host David Gregory: Part 2

NBC's David Gregory Relates JFK's Speech at AU to Contemporary Politics in the Middle East

Ambassador Michael Oren Reflects on JFK's relationship with Israel, and Discusses a Path to Achieving Peace in the Middle East