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W.H. Organizes Post-Speech Twitter Conversation on the Middle East with @carvin and @abuaardvark

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) and Foreign Policy's Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) will be facilitating a Twitter conversation with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes shortly after President Obama delivers a speech tomorrow on U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa and recent events there, reports the White House.

Carvin writes about how this came to pass, and how people can participate:

The White House contacted Marc and me several days ago, asking if we would be interested in conducting a Twitter chat related to the speech. We agreed on the condition that the two of us would run the chat and any subsequent interviews ourselves, including choosing the questions and topics to be addressed in it.

So immediately following the speech, Marc and I will interview deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.

Rather than come up with all the questions ourselves, we'd like to invite you to help us craft the questions. If you're on Twitter and want to submit a question, please post a tweet with your question and include the hashtag #MEspeech in the tweet. You can pose your question before or during the speech. We won't be able to get to every question, of course, so we encourage everyone to follow the #MEspeech hashtag and join the broader conversation about the speech on Twitter.

(FYI -- Andy Carvin will be a speaker at the upcoming PdF '11 conference.)