The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:
After Gaza: Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Professor of Politics at Brandeis University
Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research
Richard Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University
Co-chaired by Professor Robert H. Mnookin, Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Professor James Sebenius, Gordon Donaldson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School
Friday, November 21
12 – 1:30 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Room B010
Harvard Law School Campus
About the Event:
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most protracted and resilient of modern times. The speakers will offer a unique framework for analyzing and understanding historical and current developments. They will suggest what needs to happen at the international, regional, and the Israeli and Palestinian domestic levels to reverse the present very negative trajectories in the two parties’ relations.
Shai Feldman and Khalil Shikaki recently co-authored with Abdel Monem Said Ali a ground-breaking new textbook that explores the history of the conflict and describes peacemaking efforts from competing Israeli, Palestinian and wider Arab perspectives. The result is an engaging and innovative textbook that encourages a balanced approach to understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict and its pivotal role in the Middle East.
About the Speakers:
Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University. Prof. Feldman is also a Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in London. In 1997-2005, he was Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and in 2001-2003, he served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.
Prof. Feldman is the author of numerous publications. These include six books: Israeli Nuclear Deterrence: A Strategy for the 1980s (New York: Columbia University Press, 1982); The Future of U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation (Washington D.C.: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 1996); Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control in the Middle East (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1997); Bridging the Gap: A Future Security Architecture for the Middle East (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 – with Abdullah Toukan (Jordan); and, Track-II Diplomacy: Lessons from the Middle East (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003 – with Hussein Agha, Ahmad Khalidi, and Zeev Schiff). His new book (with Abdel Monem Said Aly and Khalil Shikaki), Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East, was published in December 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Khalil Shikaki is Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah and the Richard Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Shikaki conducted more than one hundred polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1993. A world-renowned expert on Palestinian public opinion and a widely published author, he has taught at several institutions, including Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and the University of South Florida. He was also a visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in 2002. He also co-authored Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East (London: Palgrave, 2013).