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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Approaches to Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts: Can Regional Powers Make a Difference?

New Approaches to Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts: Can Regional Powers Make a Difference?
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Israel, Palestine and Nonterritorial Governance: A Reconfigured Status Quo
Steven Deets
"The conflict over the future of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has long been at a stalemate. While many issues make a two-state solution difficult, particularly the intertwined controversies of settlements, borders and security, most core concerns are tied to land. With growing pessimism on all sides,1 voices across the political spectrum, both in Israel and among Palestinians, have discussed the need for alternatives to a two-state solution."
Derek Chollet, Jake Sullivan, Dimitri Simes, Mary Beth Long
"The following is a transcript of the eighty-seventh in a series of Capitol Hill conferences convened by the Middle East Policy Council. The meeting was held at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2017, with Richard J. Schmierer, chairman of the board of directors of the Middle East Policy Council moderating, and Thomas R. Mattair, executive director of the Middle East Policy Council, serving as discussant."
"Chris has asked me to lay out the foreign policy issues the next president will face upon taking office this coming January. If you go by what each candidate has said, she or he just needs to kill a few foreign leaders and renegotiate some alliances and trade deals."

James N. Miller, Nabeel Khoury, Paul Pillar, Sara Vakhshouri
"The agreement requires Iran to remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges, so it's allowed to operate about 5,000 centrifuges at Natanz. It allows Iran to use only the less capable so-called IR-1 centrifuges for the next 10 years and to enrich only to 3.7 percent, less than highly enriched and also less than the 20 percent or so that was a concern in recent years."

"The Middle East Policy Council convened its 84th Capitol Hill Conference on Tuesday, April 12. "The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the Obama Doctrine" explored competition between these two regional powers through the lens of journalist Jeffrey Goldberg's recent essay in The Atlantic titled "The Obama Doctrine.
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Please join us for our 88th Capitol Hill Conference on Wednesday, April 26 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Our panelists will discuss whether there are new opportunities to work with regional powers to realize a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Chairman, Projects International Inc.
Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Former U.S.  Assistant Secretary of Defense
Former President, Middle East Policy Council

Hady Amr
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institute
Former Deputy Special Envoy, Israeli-Palestinian Relations, U.S. Department of State
Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Middle East, USAID 

Ian Lustick
Professor, Bess W. Heyman chair, University of Pennsylvania
Former President, Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association
Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Riad Khawaji
Founder and CEO, INEGMA
Middle East Bureau Chief, Defense News
Middle East Correspondent, Jane's Defense Weekly
Richard J. Schmierer
Chairman, Board of Directors, Middle East Policy Council
Former Ambassador, Sultanate of Oman

Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017; 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.
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Russell Senate Office Building
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Washington, D.C. 20002
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DirectionsTake the METRO Blue or Orange line to Capitol South. Exit the station and turn left on First Street SE. Walk three blocks. Turn left on Constitution Ave. NE. The Russell Senate Office Building will be on the right. 
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