On the completion of President Barack Obama's first 100 days
in office, Dr Ali Riaz and Dr Menhaz Momen over teleconference line
participated in a "round-table" discussion on President's Obama's
Dr. Ali Riaz is a Professor and Chairman of Department of
Politics & Government at Illinois State University. Dr Menhaz Momen is an
Associate Professor of Sociology at A
& M International University in Texas.
The discussants said that President Obama is really on his way to fulfilling
his election promise of bringing in Changes. The signs of change is evident in
his foreign policy. His promise to bring back US troops from Iraq by 2011, his
focus on South Asia, particularly of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is a remarkable
departure towards new direction.
The discussants also mentioned that his
endeavor to bring Iran and Venezuela into the friendly fold is a proxy
diplomacy for the Middle East. They also said that the test of Obama's success
will lie in the Middle East. The discussants said that North Korea is not a big
challenge for Obama administration.