The prospect of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict seems as far away as ever, particularly amid the turmoil throughout the Arab world and the growing strength of movements that appear to brook no compromise. Indeed, the two-state solution has a lengthy history of failure, dating back to 1937, when the British first proposed it as a way to resolve the competing claims of two peoples to one land. Nonetheless, we are pleased to feature two proponents of the two-state solution – representing different perspectives on Israel and Palestine – to discuss the prospects of the two-state solution and to offer insight into how we might get “from here to there.”
Former Director of the Moshe Dayan Center (1989-1995, 2001-2007), Asher Susser teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. His fields of specialization include the history and politics of Jordan and the Palestinians; religion and state in the Middle East; and Arab-Israeli issues. He is author of Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative(Brandeis University Press, 2011) and The Rise of Hamas in Palestine and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World (Crown Center, 2010). He was a fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.
A regular contributor to many American and Middle Eastern publications, including Foreign Policy magazine and The Atlantic, a monthly contributor to Al Hayat and a weekly columnist for Now Lebanon. Hussein Ibish has made thousands of radio and television appearances and was the Washington, DC Correspondent for the Daily Star (Beirut). His most recent book is What’s Wrong with the One-State Agenda? Why Ending the Occupation and Peace with Israel is Still the Palestinian National Goal (ATFP, 2009). Ibish served as Executive Director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership from 2004-2009. In 1998-2004, he was Communications Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 5:30 Registration; 5:45 Program
Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel 220 S. 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 [display map]
Free for Members of FPRI $20 for non-members
NOTE: FPRI Members at the silver level are invited to dinner immediately following.
Asher Susser - Asher Susser (PhD Tel Aviv University 1986) is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University (TAU). He was the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at TAU for twelve years and taught for over thirty five years in TAU’s Department of Middle Eastern History.