Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
UCLA School of Law
A talk by eminent Middle East scholars and analysts Shai Feldman and Khalil Shikaki, Brandeis University
The Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the most protracted and resilient of modern times. In their new book, with co-author Abdel Monem Said Aly, Feldman and Shikaki explore the history of the conflict and later peacemaking efforts from competing Israeli, Palestinian and wider Arab perspectives. Offering a balanced approach to understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict and its pivotal role in the Middle East, the book introduces key developments in each period of the conflict; presents the differing Israeli, Palestinian and broader Arab narratives on these developments; and provides a unique framework for analyzing and understanding these developments.
About the speakers:
Professor Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University. He is also a Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In 2001-2003, Feldman served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.
Professor Khalil Shikaki is the Director of the Palestinian Center for Political and Survey Research (PCPSR) in Ramallah and Senior Fellow at The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He has directed the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah since 2000, and has conducted more than one hundred polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1993. A world-renowned expert on Palestinian public opinion and a widely published author, Professor Shikaki has taught at several institutions, including Birzeit University, An-Najah National University, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and the University of South Florida. He also was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2002.