Special Coverage of President Obama’s Middle East Speech Today at 11:20

President Barack Obama will speak later this morning on the United States’ relationship with the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim world.

NPR’s Alan Greenblatt says Mr. Obama is expected to “attempt partially to close the gap between U.S. ideals about democracy and its strategic interests in the Middle East and North Africa.” He adds, “It won’t be easy.”

WFPL will broadcast the speech live and have special coverage from NPR beginning today at 11:20. You can read a live blog of the speech here. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag #MEspeech during and after the address for a conversation hosted by NPR’s Andy Carvin.