* NPR reporter
* Vice President and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
* Former Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan
* Former Secretary of State during the first Bush administration
* Former National Security Adviser in the Carter administration
Secretary of State Colin Powell has embarked on a mission to the Middle East. He wants to convince Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to halt the military incursion into Palestinian cities and get the Palestinian leadership to denounce suicide bombings. Neal Conan talks with former White House officials about Secretary Powell's trip to the Middle East. Can diplomacy create some breathing room in the Middle East?