West-Arab World Relations

A lot has been said on the need for American public diplomacy in the Arab world, but not much as been written on the lack of communication coming from the Arab side, says William Fisher in the Daily Star. Interesting point of view: Arab states could also contribute to reducing the tensions and prevent a clash of civilizations. As he points out,

These days, it’s hard for any voice to be heard. But it’s even harder if no one is trying. And, among Arab nations, no one is really trying. Just about the only time the West hears anything about Arabs and Muslims – aside from bombs exploding – is through media reports about brutal, repressive governments, prisoners being tortured or disappearing, elections being rigged, or an Arab League Summit breaking up because of squabbles.

Point taken.

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