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This month the World Affairs Council is dedicating three programs to the Middle East peace process with the intent of providing three very different perspectives. The first will come from Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Senior Political Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. The Council will welcome Ambassador Zaki this Thursday, October 15 at noon. Egypt has been a primary member of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, and has also been serving as an intermediary between Hamas and Fatah with the goal of forming a Palestinian unity government.

Our second event will feature former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on October 22 at 6:30 PM. The Council will also host a counterpoint perspective with PLO Representative Maen Areikat on October 27 also at 6:30 PM. The BBC published an interview yesterday with Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Foreign Minister, who discussed the prospects of an early solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You can read it here.

In addition to these programs, the Council will also welcome Dalia Mogahed, Senior Analyst and Executive Director at the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, on October 21 at noon. She will present findings from Gallup’s largest study of Muslims. The results challenge conventional wisdom and shed greater light on what motivates Muslims worldwide, whose population is now measured at 1.57 billion.

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Less than a year into his first term as President of the United States, Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Citing his work to bring peace to the Middle East, put an end to nuclear armament, and promote religious harmony around the world, the Nobel committee chose Obama for this year’s prize out of a pool of many distinguished nominees. Obama spoke in the Rose Garden this morning and said he was “both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee.” Saying he felt undeserved of the award, he agreed to accept it as a “a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.”

To read more about the award and to listen to President Obama’s speech, check out this story in the New York Times. You can also watch the speech below.

To listen to past World Affairs Council programs featuring Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Wangari Maathai (2004) and Shirin Ebadi (2003), visit our audio archive and search for “Nobel.”

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