Sen. John Kerry – Engaging the Muslim World

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 26, 2009, Sen. John Kerry, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be hosting a hearing entitled “Engaging with Muslim Communities around the World.”

He should be applauded for his efforts, and for bringing together a great group of people to talk about the issue. One of the panelists is former Sec. of State Madeline Albright, who is involved with Change the Story. Please drop Sen. Kerry a line and thank him for taking world affairs seriously.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2009

CONTACT: Frederick Jones, (202) 2244651

***Media Advisory***

Senate Foreign Relations Committee To Hold A Hearing

“Engaging With Muslim Communities Around the World

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) announced today that on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 419 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “Engaging with Muslim Communities around the World.” The hearing will discuss how perceptions of the United States are shaped abroad and explore strategies the Administration should employ to engage partners in the Muslim world.

“Today, we’re standing at a crossroads in history. The United States must seize this moment to formulate a successful strategy and turn the page in our relations with the broader Muslim world,” said Senator Kerry. “We need to look for common ground and build on the values we share to advance our mutual interests and build partnerships for peace.”


Panel 1

Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State

William J. Fallon, Former Commander of U.S. Central Command

Panel 2

Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

Eboo Patel, Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core

Zeyno Baran, Director, Center for Eurasian Policy, Hudson Institute

WHAT:       Hearing

WHEN:       Thursday, February 26, 2009

                     2:30 p.m.

WHERE:    Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

NOTE: Broadcast media should contact the Radio-TV Gallery (4-6421) for a feed from pool camera. Print press should contact the Daily Press Gallery (4-0241) and periodical press should contact the Periodical Press Gallery (4-0265) to reserve a space.