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Meet the Press @ SIS with Israeli Amb. Oren

Part of 50th Anniversary of JFK’s “Strategy of Peace” at AU Speech Series

WHO:  Amb. Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, 2009 - present.

David Gregory, moderator of "Meet the Press"

WHAT: Discussion of whether Kennedy’s American University “Strategy of Peace" speech from June 1963 advocating diplomatic engagement applies to the Middle East today.

WHEN: April 29, 2013; 3:30- 5:00 pm (Note due to heightened security, journalists are asked to RSVP, arrive early, and have their press credentials.)

WHERE: American University, School of International Service’s (SIS) Abramson Family Founders Room. (Building located at intersection of New Mexico and Nebraska Aves., NW; parking available in Nebraska surface lot (See map)

Also available via live webcast at

As part of American University’s commemoration of John F. Kennedy’s “Strategy of Peace” speech delivered at American on June 10, 1963, the School of International Service is presenting “Meet the Press at SIS” where David Gregory, the host of NBC's "Meet the Press" and a School of International Service alumnus, will host Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren to discuss whether "A Strategy of Peace" is possible in the Middle East today.

Is the type of engagement President Kennedy advocated an option for the Middle East where Syria and Iran are destabilizing factors?  

Can Israel take bold diplomatic action to face the challenges Iran presents?

Is Iran open to JFK’s kind of peace where he said, “What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, . . . the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children . . . peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace for all time."

Likewise on Israeli-Palestinian talks can the two-state solution fulfill “peace for all time”?  

What is needed to achieve success in the decades’ long and often frustrating process which has stymied a slew of U.S. presidents and a succession of Israeli prime ministers and Palestinian leaders?

These questions and others will be among those asked in addition to those from the audience.

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