In his historic lecture in Cairo in June 2009, then US President Barack Obama, announced to an adoring crowd of young and enthusiastic Egyptians that he had come to “seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition”.
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But when he left office eight years later, little had changed in the Middle East; as the wars dragged on, the killing sprees and the militia groups multiplied and the feverish instability only appeared to deepen.
Obama would be forced to reflect on failing to live up to the ideals of his Cairo appeal. “I was tempted to answer, of course – to point out that I’d be the first to say that no single speech would solve the region’s long-standing challenges,” he writes in his new memoir A Promised…