The Middle East Institute in cooperation with the SAIS Conflict Management Program at Johns Hopkins University is proud to host Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, Dr. Shibley Telhami, and former Congressman Robert Wexler for a discussion about the likelihood of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in the second term of the Obama administration. In the wake of the President's trip to Jerusalem last week, Kurtzer, Telhami and Wexler will examine how best U.S., European, and Arab governments can work to re-engage the key political players in constructive talks on a peaceful resolution of the conflict. The program will be moderated by Geoffery Aronson of The Foundation for Middle East Peace and introduced by Dr. Daniel Serwer.
The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011, co-authored by Amb. Kurtzer and Dr. Telhami will be available for sale
Amb. Daniel Kurtzer is a lecturer and the S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern policy studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and serves on the MEI Board of Governors. He served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 1997 to 2001 and to Israel from 2001 until 2005 when he retired after a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Throughout his career, Ambassador Kurtzer played key roles in shaping U.S. policy in the Middle East peace process. Amb. Kurtzer is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East and The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011. He is also editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Middle East.
Dr. Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. He has served as advisor to the US Mission to the UN, as advisor to former Congressman Lee Hamilton, as a member of the US delegation to the Trilateral US-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee, on the Iraq Study Group, and on the US Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World. Among his numerous publications is his best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East which was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003. He is author of The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East (forthcoming, May 2013) and a co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011.
Rep. Robert Wexler is the president of the Washington-based S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Wexler was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Florida's 19th congressional district, from 1997 until his resignation on January 3, 2010. He traveled with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on a Middle East peace mission, and was the only member of the House of Representatives present during the signing of the historic Wye River Peace Agreement.
Geoffrey Aronson is the Director of Research and Publications at the Foundation for Middle East Peace and is the Editor of the Foundation's bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories. A journalist and historian who has published widely on international affairs and a former visiting fellow at Georgetown University, he is the author of Israel, Palestinians and the Intifada: Creating Facts on the West Bank and From Sideshow to Centerstage: U.S. Policy Towards Egypt.
Dr. Daniel Serwer is a senior research professor of Conflict Management, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Formerly vice president for Centers of Peacebuilding Innovation at the United States Institute of Peace (2009-10), he led teams there working on rule of law, religion, economics, media, technology, security sector governance and gender. He is currently a scholar at the Middle East Institute.