Securing a Two State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Does the US Still Have a Role?

Gilead Sher

Event Date: Monday October 24, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Landgell Hall South, Harvard Law School Campus, Cambridge, MA

A video recording of this event is available for viewing on our YouTube Channel.

The Program on Negotiation is pleased to present:

Securing a Two State Solution to
the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
Does the US Still Have a Role?


Gilead Sher

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Head of the Center for Applied Negotiations (CAN)
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University

And commentary from

Khalil Shikaki

Goldman Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

Moderated by

Professor Robert H. Mnookin

Samuel Williston Professor of Law
Chair, Program on Negotiation
Harvard Law School


Monday, October 24, 2016
7:00 PM
Langdell Hall South
Harvard Law School Campus

Free and open to the public.

About Gilead Sher:

Gilead Sher heads the Center for Applied Negotiations (CAN) and is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University.

Mr. Sher was the Head of Bureau and Policy Coordinator of Israel’s former Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak. He served as Chief and co-Chief negotiator in 1999-2001 at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks, as well as in extensive rounds of covert negotiations. He served under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as delegate to the 1994-5 Interim Agreement negotiations with the Palestinians. Sher holds the rank of colonel (res.), and is a former brigade commander and deputy division commander in the Armored Corps of the IDF, as well as a military judge.

Mr. Sher is an attorney and senior partner in Gilead Sher & Co., Law Offices. His practice areas include corporate law; project finance; international business ventures, investments and transactions; constitutional law; and dispute resolution.

Mr. Sher’s professional career combines the practice of law, policy planning and implementation, academic research, and involvement in civil society organizations. He is involved in various frameworks that deal with the future of Israel and the Middle East, preparations for regional conflict resolutions, and dialogue with official and non-official interlocutors in Israel and abroad.

As author, opinion leader and researcher, Sher has published books, articles, op-eds, studies and research in national and international media. His book The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001: Within Reach was published in Hebrew (Yedioth Aharonot), Arabic (Darjalil) and English (Routledge, 2006). He recently co-edited Negotiating in Times of Conflict, an edited volume published by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) comprising 15 chapters by 20 international contributors. His book The Battle for Home was published by Yedioth Aharonot in April 2016. His upcoming book as co-editor is Spoilers and Coping with Spoilers in Israeli Peacemaking (provisional title; publisher to be finalized) is due in 2017.

Sher was a visiting professor on Conflict Resolution and Negotiations at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2001-2011) and taught at the Tel Aviv University’s Conflict Resolution and Mediation MA Program (2007-2013). He is the founding co-chairman of the non-partisan movement Blue White Future, which seeks to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and promote a two-state reality.

Sher serves as chairman of the executive board and the board of trustees of Sapir Academic College, the largest public college in Israel. He is a former board member at The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, a former president of Israel Shotokan Karate Association (Fifth Dan), a former chairman of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem and a member of the Council for Peace and Security.

About Khalil Shikaki:

Dr. Khalil Shikaki is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah). He is also a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He finished his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1985, and taught at several Palestinian and American universities including al Najah National University and Birzeit University, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the University of Utah, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and the University of South Florida. He spent the summer of 2002 as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Since 1993, Dr. Shikaki 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 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) with Abdel Monem Said Aly and Shai Feldman. Other recent books include Public Opinion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Public Imperative During the Second Intifada, with Yaacov Shamir, Indiana University Press, 2010. His recent articles include “The End of the ‘Abbas Decade’: The Crumbling of the post-Intifada Status-Quo,” Middle East Brief, No. 97, Crown Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Brandeis University, January 2016; “Can Hamas Moderate? Insights from Palestinian Politics during 2005-2011,” Middle East Brief, No. 88, January 2015; “Stabilizing Gaza-Israel Relations: What Would It Take?” Middle East Brief, No. 83, August 2014, with Shai Feldman; “The Likelihood, Consequences, and Policy Implications of PA Collapse or Dissolution”, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, February 2014; “Managing Refugee Expectations,” in Rex Brynen and Roula El-Rifai (eds.) The Palestinian Refugee Problem: the Search for a Resolution (London: Pluto Press, 2014); “The Future of Israel-Palestine: a One-State Reality in the Making,” NOREF Report, May 2012; “Coping with the Arab Spring; Palestinian Domestic and Regional Ramifications, ” Middle East Brief, No. 58, December 2011. Since 2008, he has been the co-author of the annual report of the Arab Democracy Index and the annual Arab Security Sector Index.

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