Up to the Minute: Middle East Peace Talks: Crisis or Opportunity?
Location:Arthur Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
Panelists will include Amaney A. Jamal, professor of politics and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice; Rami G. Khouri, the Gruss-Lipper Visiting Scholar in Middle East Policy Studies and a visiting professional specialist at the Woodrow Wilson School; and Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and the S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies. Jamal currently directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. Her research focuses on democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab World and extends to the study of Muslim and Arab Americans, examining the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the U.S. Khouri is editor-at-large and international syndicated columnist of The Daily Star and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; a research associate at the Middle East Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; and a fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Jerusalem). Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister. From 2001-2005 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt. He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, deputy director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the policy planning staff, deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Intelligence and Research.