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Obama to Offer Blueprint for U.S. Relationship to a Changing Middle East

Five months into a wave of transformation across the Arab world, President Barack Obama plans to offer a fresh blueprint for the U.S. role in the Middle East and North Africa at a moment both defining and uncertain.

The seminal events in the region and the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs give Obama an inflection point to seize what his spokesman called a “moment of opportunity” in a speech tomorrow at the State Department.

The address carries risks for Obama as he weighs in on a still evolving upheaval that has turned bloody in Libya, Syria and Yemen. He will also be speaking to audiences that range from the Arab masses protesting in the streets to government leaders in the region to domestic critics of the U.S. military intervention in Libya and continued presence in Afghanistan.

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