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The South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council hosted a frank discussion with Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Ihsanoglu offered his thoughts and analysis on President Obama's recent speech to the Muslim world as well as commented on how the Muslim world can take advantage of the new approach emanating from Washington.
|Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Fred Kempe|
Fred Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council, moderated a Q&A session following Ihsanoglu's remarks. The event was staged in cooperation with the Rumi Forum, which fosters interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
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Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu of Turkey is the first Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to be selected by vote. Since taking office in January 2005, he has taken serious steps to enhance the effectiveness of the 57-member state organization. Ihsanoglu's priorities include advocating urgently needed socioeconomic reforms in the Muslim world to further progress and development, supporting the rights of Muslim minorities and furthering respect for human rights globally.
Ihsanoglu was born in Cairo in 1943. He received his BS at Ain Shams University in 1966 and his master’s degree in chemistry in 1970. After completing his PhD at Ankara University in 1974, he served as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter from 1975 to 1977.
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