Conflict in the Middle East: What the Next U.S. Administration Should Know
This event, hosted by the International Policy Center and co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the International Institute, will feature analysis by two leading experts on politics and security in the Middle East: Khalil Shikaki, Professor of Political Science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, and Shai Feldman, Professor of Politics and director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. They will discuss recent trends in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and highlight issues and trends that the incoming U.S. administration should know as they formulate policy in the region.
Free and open to the public.
Each speaker will offer brief remarks, the speakers will open a discussion and take questions from the audience.
Dr. Khalil Shikaki is a Professor of Political Science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah, Palestine) Since 2005 he has been 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. Between 1996-99, Dr. Shikaki served as Dean of Scientific Research at al Najah University in Nablus. He spent summer 2002 as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Since 1993, Dr. Shikaki has conducted more than 200 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and, since 2000, dozens of joint polls among Palestinians and Israelis.
Dr. Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University. Feldman is also an associate fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in London and a senior fellow and member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2001-03, he served as a member of the UN secretary-general’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Feldman was director of the Tel Aviv University Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies’ Project on U.S. Foreign Defense Policies in the Middle East and the Center’s Project on Regional Security and Arms Control in the Middle East.
Dr. Robert Axelrod, Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science, will introdcue the speakers.