Obama shifts tactics on Muslim outreach

Changes greeted with hope and skepticism
Nearly a year after President Obama told an audience in Cairo that America wanted a “new beginning” with the Muslim world, evidence of that policy shift has, in recent months, become hard to ignore.

The Obama administration is revising national security guidelines, and officials have also reversed three-month-old guidelines that singled out passengers on flights arriving from 13 Muslim countries, as well as Cuba, for mandatory screening.

Controversial scholar Tariq Ramadan entered the U.S. for the first time in six years after being barred by the Bush administration, and the Obama administration has dispatched American Nobel Prize winners to advise Muslim scientists, economists and other professionals on how to improve their research and better manage their institutions. At the end of April, federal officials planned to host some 500 mainly Muslim business people for intensive seminars on entrepreneurship.


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