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Archive: Rice in Middle East, January 2007

A New Tool for Middle East Diplomacy

KUWAIT CITY, Jan. 17 -- In diplomacy, victory sometimes results from a salvo of paper. For four months, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has struggled to unite a group of eight Arab countries -- six from the Persian Gulf, along with Egypt and Jordan. The countries are among the strongest...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 17, 2007; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Asking the Right Questions

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 16 -- With only two or three questions allotted per news conference for reporters traveling with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, deciding who asks the question is a civilized affair. The reporters rotate asking questions, depending who has an interest in the subject matter or country...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 16, 2007; 04:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rice's Packed Schedule Leaves Little Room for Cultural Visits

LUXOR, Egypt, Jan. 15 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice no longer has time to breathe in the local culture. When Rice took her Cabinet post two years ago, her aides actively thought of ways to demonstrate her interest in the countries she visited. On her maiden trip to Europe,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 16, 2007; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Palestinian Authority Enjoys New Media Center

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 14 -- The Palestinian Authority may be on the verge of collapse, driven by tensions between Hamas, the radical Islamic group that controls the legislature, and the Fatah party led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The prospects for peace may appear daunting. But the impact of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 14, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Long Arm of Domestic Politics

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13--Even overseas, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cannot escape the political squabbles back home. Ever since Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) noted that Rice was childless during hearings Thursday on Bush's new Iraq plan, a controversy has erupted across the blogosphere about whether Boxer's comment was appropriate. Some conservative...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2007; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shannon, Ireland -- the Traditional Rest Stop

SHANNON, Ireland, Jan. 13--Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trips to the Middle East must always start here. Her specially-fitted Boeing 757 jet, complete with a large office that includes a desk and a fold-out bed, does not have extended-range engines or the fuel capacity to make it all the way...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 13, 2007; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Selling the Iraq Strategy

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaves today on a week-long journey to the Middle East and Europe, where she will promote President Bush's new strategy for Iraq and search for ways to restart the Middle East peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. The rising threat of Iran will also be...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | January 12, 2007; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (0)


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