Can science diplomacy help strengthen the Muslim world? � SciDev.Net’s Weblog: "Can science diplomacy help strengthen the Muslim�world?
Princess Sumaya of Jordan: 'The Muslim world must learn to cooperate better'
A key element of the new interest in science diplomacy has been the effort, particularly by the US administration, to improve relations with the countries of the Middle East and the Muslim world.
These efforts to use scientific agreements as a central strategy in so-called “soft diplomacy” were highlighted in a speech delivered in Cairo last year by newly elected President Barack Obama who promised a new era of cooperation with the region.
The optimism of that speech has since faded, partly because follow-up is still awaited. But many remain sympathetic to the idea that building a strong scientific and technological base in the region would not only increase the economic strength of Muslim countries, but also have broader cultural and political implications."