Former U.S. ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli
Former U.S. ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli

Washington,  9 Dzulqa’dah 1436/24 August 2015 (MINA) – U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world is a complex and sometimes-controversial subject, but an Islamic former U.S. ambassador hopes to bring the issues into clearer focus next week in Albuquerque, Mexico, Albuquerque Journal reported.

Shirin Tahir-Kheli, a former adviser to the National Security Council and the United Nations, and a current senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss how U.S. policy toward Muslim-majority countries has evolved over the past 50 years and how the U.S. can manage more productive relations with the 52-nation Islamic bloc in the future.

She will give a lecture and answer questions on Sunday, at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center in conjunction with the Albuquerque International Association, according to  IINA reports as received by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency(MINA)

Tahir-Kheli will discuss how Sept. 11 and the wars it triggered have altered the U.S.-Muslim dynamic.

“I will focus on a brief history and how 9/11 changed our worldview, particularly toward the world of Islam,” Tahir-Kheli said. “The talk will also examine current problems and prospects. We’ll look at issues such as the rise of Daesh/ISIS, domestic issues within the world of Islam such as the Arab Spring, and competition and rivalries within the Muslim world and the Palestinian-Israeli problems that set the parameters for U.S. policy in the region.”

Tahir-Kheli said she was the first Muslim ambassador confirmed by the U.S. Senate in American history, during the administration of former President George H.W. Bush. (T/P007/RO6)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) 

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