Sunday 2 December 2007

News: Annapolis Conference Assessed

This week saw the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis play host to a potentially historic Middle East peace conference, featuring the participation of over 40 countries. Now that is over, the assessments are beginning.
  • The New York Times reprints George Bush's remarks to the conference here...
  • ...and The Times provides the text of the Annapolis agreement here.
  • The New York Times editorial strikes a cautiously optimistic tone: "We are encouraged that President Bush [...] has finally accepted the challenge of peacemaker."
  • But Michael Oren, also writing in the New York Times, judges that "the chances for any progress emerging from Annapolis seem at best remote."
  • And Fred Kaplan, writing for Slate, ponders a missed opportunity for Condoleezza Rice and George Bush here.
  • Finally, CBS asks, "Now What?"
Have you stumbled across any compelling assessments of the Annapolis Conference? If so, let us know about it in the comments. With thanks to AMS student Tong Xiong.

1 comment:

francis1024 said...

Annapolis Conference was Condi Rice's idea for Bush. No idea what Condi are doing recently. If we consider the world as a chessboard, I would take Condi as the most powerful queen on it.