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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir: Bringing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to a Close

June 23 @ 9:45 am in Stone Hall

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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, Professor of International Relations (retired), Center for Global Affairs, New York University, and Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute will present “A Historic Point of Departure: Bringing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to a Close and Creating a New Regional Geopolitical Order.”

Hamas’ savage attack and Israel’s massive retaliation have shaken the dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the core, making it impossible to return to the status quo that existed before October 7. An Israeli-Palestinian peace based on a two-state solution has come back to the fore, and it is now considered by major regional and international players as the only viable option that will bring closure to their 76-year-old conflict.

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What it would take now is to translate statements made in support of a two-state solution into action by offering a comprehensive framework for peace initiated by the US and Saudi Arabia and co-sponsored by Egypt and Jordan, and addressed directly to the Israeli and Palestinian publics. Such a framework could usher in a new era shaped by novel alliances, creating a crescent extending from the Gulf states to the Mediterranean, preceded by an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on a two-state solution.

The elements for a breakthrough of such a historic magnitude, though created by tragic events, do exist. It will take, however, courageous, visionary, and committed leadership on all sides to act, which are not deterred by undue political consideration and the many intractable issues that lay ahead to reach a peace agreement that has eluded many in the past. President Biden, along with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jordan’s King Abdullah, and Egypt’s President Sisi, has an opportunity to engage in a historic point of departure from the traditional US approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The question is, will they seize this opportunity that presented itself following Hamas’ attack and Israel’s retaliation that makes it impossible to return to the status quo ante, and bring a closure to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Alon Ben-Meir, an Iraqi-born American Jew, is an expert on Middle East and West Balkan affairs, international negotiations, and conflict resolution. In the past two decades, he has been directly involved in various backchannel negotiations involving Israel, its neighboring countries and Turkey. (Ph.D., Queen’s College, Oxford–International Relations) is a retired professor of International Relations, formerly at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute.

As a negotiator for Track II Diplomacy (1995-present), he is directly involved in a variety of negotiations aimed at achieving greater peace and prosperity in the Middle East, operating as a liaison between top Middle Eastern and European officials. As a host and organizer of “Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir” (2006-present), he creates and hosts events that bring distinguished heads of state, ambassadors, policy makers and influential world leaders to discuss critical issues facing the international community. He lectures widely for the U.S. State Department, as well as at numerous universities such as Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, and Brown. As a Senior Fellow and Professor at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University, he teaches courses in international relations, conflict resolution, international negotiations, and Middle Eastern studies.

Dr. Ben-Meir is featured on a variety of television networks and also regularly briefs at the U.S. State Department for the International Visitors Program. He writes a weekly article that is syndicated globally. In addition to over 900 articles, he has authored seven books related to the Middle East and is currently working on two new books about Syria and Turkey.

June 23 @ 9:45 am in Stone Hall
4101 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016 United States

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