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Talking Race in America

Darrell Ezell, Fair Observer, September 1, 2013


As America commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington that subsequently led to the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and Voting Rights Act in 1965, it is evident that five decades later a serious conversation on race and public policy is of critical importance. But the inability of Americans to objectively navigate a conversation on race without encountering “hiccups,” drives some to retreat or openly deny that racism exists.


Tags: Minority-Majority Shift, Trayvon Martin, Race, United States, Martin Luther King, National Memorial




America and the Muslim World: Why Outreach Matters

Darrell Ezell, Fair Observer, August 21, 2013


In connecting with the street, Washington would be well advised to consider a threefold review: in foreign policy, in state actor attitudes toward the increase in global religion-based issues in foreign affairs, and in a diplomatic renewal that exercises a new type of communicative action at the grassroots level.


Tags: Middle East and North Africa, Central & South Asia, Egypt, Arab Spring, US Diplomacy, US Foreign Policy




Egypt Analysis: How the U.S. Should Be Engaging Cairo
Darrell Ezell, EA Worldview

The White House and the State Department's reaction to the crisis in Egypt indicates Washington is behind the curve on fulfilling its promise to engage Muslim communities throughout the Arab World. Its narrow focus on countering terror rather than grasping the social ramifications of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East region points to why insiders were caught off-guard by the events of the last two weeks.


Keywords: Egypt, Middle East, U.S. Public Diplomacy, Muslim World, White House, State Department

Sudan Special: Today's Referendum for Secession by South


Darrell Ezell, EA Worldview


Assuring peace in Sudan this will not be easy, but it is imperative to keep all parties satisfied. In an agenda including the great partition, power-sharing, and equal distribution of revenues from natural resources, the hope is that both Khartoum and Juba have recognized that a bold, shrewd form of government-tribal reconciliation is essential to prevent an explosion of violence.


Keywords: Sudan, Muslim World, Omar Bashir, Post-secular, SLM, Justice and Equality Movement, Libya, Egypt

U.S. Politics & Religion: A Way Forward on and Beyond the Islamic Cultural Center


Darrell Ezell, EA Worldview


As Washington considers its next move, its imperative that concerned liberals and progressive conservatives consider the value of applying post-secular approaches to combat both radical Islamic and xenophobic extremism in America.


Keywords: Public Diplomacy, Muslim communiteis, Interfaith, Post-secularism, White House, Park 51

U.S. "National Security": Obama to Break Link Between Islam and Terrorism


Darrell Ezell, EA Worldview


Preparations are under way by key National Security Council officials, reshaping the US National Security Strategy, to break the Bush-era linkage of Islam to terrorism. While this symbolic move is essential to restoring relations with the Muslim world, it promises to unleash a firestorm among conservatives in Washington.


Keywords: National Security, Terrorism, Public Diplomacy, Bush Doctrine, FOX News, Taliban, Al-Qaeda


Obama's Public Diplomacy Corner: Big Symbols, Limited Interaction with Muslim World


Darrell Ezell, EA Worldview


On 4 June 2009, President Barack Obama announced in Egypt that he had come to “Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” Fulfilling his Inauguration promise to extend a hand to the Muslim world...


Keywords: Barack Obama, Muslim World, Public Diplomacy, Cross-cultural engagement, Karen P. Hughes

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