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Mon March 16, 2009
America and the current Palestinian crisis --- how are they, and how aren't they, related?
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Ambassador Richard W. Murphy, former Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1983-89). He was in town recently to address the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations on the topic, "The U.S. and the Palestinian Crisis: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?" Ambassador Murphy has also served as U.S. Ambassador of Mauritania, Syria, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia. He also has been the Director of Middle East Studies for the Council on Foreign Relations, and the President of the Middle East Institute. He has thrice received the President's Distinguished Service Award, and the State Department's Superior Honor Award on two different occasions. In 1985, he was named Career Ambassador, a title held by only five serving officers at any moment. Ambassador Murphy is regular commentator for NPR, CNN, and the BBC, and has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Financial Times, among others. In spite of recent and serious setbacks, when it comes to negotiations in the Middle East --- as Ambassador Murphy tells host Rich Fisher on our program --- given the arrival of the Obama administration, it's never too late to hit the "reset" button.