Sherman Community Lecture in Jewish Studies 2018


"25 years of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Reasons for Failure and Prospects for Success"
Prof. Asaf Siniver (University of Birmingham)


Time and date: 7.30pm on Thu 26 April 2018
Venue: contact for venue.

ABSTRACT: Since the historic signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993, the Israeli-Palestinian issue has received more political, diplomatic and economic assistance than any other contemporary conflict. Yet despite the unprecedented commitment of the international community to bring the conflict to its peaceful resolution through numerous mediation initiatives and diplomatic efforts, the prospect of Israeli-Palestinian peace seems more remote today than at any other time since the beginning of the peace process. Presenting a historical, diplomatic and political overview of the state of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, this lecture offers contending explanations to the continuous failure to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, whilst pointing to potential avenues to success in the future.

BIOGRAPHY: Asaf Siniver is Associate Professor in International Security and the Director of the programme in International Relations at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is previously a Leverhulme Research Fellow, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and co-editor of the journal Civil Wars. He is also a trainer in conflict resolution at the International Center for Parliamentary Studies. His research focuses on the history, politics and diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli conflict, with emphasis on international mediation and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. His most recent book, Abba Eban: A Biography (2015) was the first authoritative account of the life and times of Abba Eban, the father of Israeli diplomacy. He has also edited The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy (2013), and has published extensively in academic and policy outlets on international security and the international relations of the Middle East.

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