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US Professors' Letter to President Barack Obama

US Professors' Letter to President Barack Obama

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An Open Letter to President Barack ObamaJanuary 30, 2010Dear President Obama:As political scientists, historians, and researchers in related fields who have studied the MiddleEast and U.S. foreign policy, we the undersigned believe you have a chance to move beyondrhetoric to support the democratic movement sweeping over Egypt. As citizens, we expect our  president to uphold those values.For thirty years, our government has spent billions of dollars to help build and sustain the systemthe Egyptian people are now trying to dismantle. Tens if not hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Egypt and around the world have spoken. We believe their message is bold andclear: Mubarak should resign from office and allow Egyptians to establish a new governmentfree of his and his family’s influence. It is also clear to us that if you seek, as you said Friday political, social, and economic reforms that meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” your administration should publicly acknowledge those reforms will not be advanced by Mubarak or any of his adjutants.There is another lesson from this crisis, a lesson not for the Egyptian government but for our own. In order for the United States to stand with the Egyptian people it must approach Egyptthrough a framework of shared values and hopes, not the prism of geostrategy. On Friday yourightly said that “suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.”For that reason weurge your administration to seize this chance, turn away from the policies that brought us here,and embark on a new course toward peace, democracy and prosperity for the people of theMiddle East.And we call on you to undertake a comprehensive review of US foreign policy onthe major grievances voiced by the democratic opposition in Egypt and all other societies of theregion.Sincerely,Jason Brownlee, University of Texas at AustinJoshua Stacher, Kent State UniversityTamir Moustafa, Simon Fraser UniversityArang Keshavarzian, New York UniversityClement Henry, University of Texas at Austin
 
 
2Robert Springborg, Naval Postgraduate SchoolJillian Schwedler, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyChris Toensing, Middle East Research and Information ProjectEllen Lust, Yale UniversityHelga Tawil-Souri, New York UniversityAnne Mariel Peters, Wesleyan CollegeGregory White, Smith CollegeAsef Bayat, University of IllinoisDiane Singerman, American UniversityCathy Lisa Schneider, American UniversityRobert Vitalis, University of PennsylvaniaAhmet T. Kuru San Diego State UniversityToby Jones, Rutgers UniversityLara Deeb, Scripps CollegeMichaelle Browers, Wake Forest UniversityMark Gasiorowski, Louisiana State UniversitySamer Shehata, Georgetown UniversityFarideh Farhi, University of Hawai’i at M
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noaEmad Shahin, University of Notre DameJohn P. Entelis, Fordham UniversityTamara Sonn, College of William & MaryAli Mirsepassi, New York University
 
 
3Kumru Toktamis, Pratt InstituteRebecca C. Johnson, Northwestern University Nader Hashemi, University of Denver Carlene J. Edie, University of Massachusetts at AmherstLaryssa Chomiak, University of MarylandMohamed Nimer, American UniversitySteven Heydemann, Georgetown UniversityMiriam Lowi, The College of New JerseyWendy Pearlman, Northwestern UniversityHesham Sallam, Georgetown UniversityMelani Cammett, Brown UniversityMichael Robbins, University of MichiganKatherine E. Hoffman, Northwestern UniversityAsli Bali, UCLA School of LawHamid Dabashi, Columbia UniversityGuilain Denoeux, Colby CollegeTom Farer, University of Denver  Norma Claire Moruzzi, University of Illinois at ChicagoSaad Eddin Ibrahim, American University of Cairo & Drew UniversityAsma Barlas, Ithaca CollegeEthel Brooks, Rutgers UniversityMaren Milligan, Oberlin CollegeAlan Gilbert, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver 

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