What the U.S. Election Means for the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Nov 10, 2016
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Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer, U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005 and U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 1997 to 2001, and the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle Eastern Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, will introduce the topic and speakers. Guest speakers include Shai Feldman, the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, and Khalil Shikaki, professor of political science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, Palestine. Before joining the Crown Center, Feldman served from 1997 to 2005 as head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a member of the U.N. Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Feldman is author of numerous publications, including “Bridging the Gap: A Future Security Architecture for the Middle East” and “Track-II Diplomacy: Lessons from the Middle East.” Shikaki is a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. He has conducted hundreds of polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and, since 2000, working jointly with Israeli colleagues, he has conducted dozens of joint polls among Palestinians and Israelis. His research has focused on Palestinian state building, public opinion, transition to democracy and the impact of domestic Palestinian politics on the peace process. He is the co-author of “Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East” with Abdel Monem Said Aly and Shai Feldman. This event is part of the Conversations About Peace lecture series. The discussion will be moderated by Amaney A. Jamal, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics; director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and director of the Workshop on Arab Political Development at Princeton University.