Featuring Ghaith al-Omari and Gilead Sher, with Moderator John Murray
Israeli Gilead Sher and Palestinian Ghaith al-Omari, both experienced in past Middle East peace negotiations, will analyze current approaches toward resolving this seemingly intractable conflict and offer their insights on possible actions the parties may take during the coming year.
Gilead Sher is the former Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator for Israel's then Prime Minister Ehud Barak and was co-chief negotiator for the Camp David summit in July 2000 and the subsequent 2001 Taba talks. He served under the late Prime Minister Ytzhak Rabin as delegate to the 1994-95 Interim Agreement negotiations. Sher is cochair of Blue White Future, a nonpartisan movement to promote the two-state-for-two-people solution, while addressing the planning and legitimacy of settlements evacuation. He is the author of an acclaimed book on the peace process, The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001: Within Reach and is currently senior partner in a law firm in Israel.
Ghaith al-Omari served as director of the International Relations Department in the Office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2005-07 and before that was advisor to former Prime Minister Abbas. He was a legal and policy advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team before and during the Camp David summit and Taba talks. Ghaith al-Omari is a lawyer by training, a graduate of Georgetown and Oxford Universities, and is presently Advocacy Director at the American Task Force on Palestine in Washington, DC.
The discussion will be moderated by John Murray, who since 2002 has served as external adviser to the Palestinian Negotiation Support Unit, a legal and policy unit supporting the Palestinian negotiating team. He was previously associate director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts at The Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Murray taught international law and negotiation at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, during the 1990s, and from 1973-82 served three terms as an Iowa State Senator from the Ames district.
Part of the World Affairs Series at Iowa State