Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Chair in Population, Development, and Peace at the University of Maryland.

What is the nature of the present Middle Eastern moment? Is it possible that at century's end this long-standing bloody confrontation may be coming to an end? And if it does, what will the region need to sustain peace? Shibley Telhami is a son of the Middle East and a leading scholar of its history. He is also a broadcaster, whose radio series is a major conduit for information and opinions on the area. Here he assesses the now promising prospects for peace and describes the changing face of Arab nationalism.