This year-long set of events on the 20th anniversary of Oslo asks: What is the “Peace Process”? What changed on the ground? And what are the possible futures of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?
September 2013 brings the 20th anniversary of the OSLO PEACE ACCORDS. To mark this historic anniversary, Brown’s Middle East Studies Initiative is bringing in a key participant at these talks, Hanan Ashrawi, to kick off a year of events related to this issue. The agreement signed between the Israeli government of Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat marked the creation of the Palestinian Authority. The Oslo Accords did not settle issues of statehood, borders, refugees, or settlements.
Co-sponsored by the Bigelow and Starr Lectureship Funds.
"Oslo:Process Versus Peace" On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Principles (DOP) on the White House lawn, Dr. Ashrawi will be addressing the major structural, procedural and substantive flaws inherent in the "process" launched at that date and how the "process" took over to displace peace as an objective. The role of the third party, as well as suggestions for rectification will be addressed (if there is to be genuine peace in the Middle East).
About the Speaker
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi is an acclaimed Palestinian leader, legislator, activist and scholar. Making history as the first woman to be elected to the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 2009, she currently holds a seat in this organization, the highest executive body in Palestine. She has been a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council since 1996 and was also appointed as the Palestinian Authority Minister of Higher Education and Research in the same year. Dr. Ashrawi also served as a member of the Leadership Committee and as an official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process, beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991. As a civil society activist, she founded MIFTAH, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, in 1999 and continues to serve as head of its Board of Directors. In the same year, Dr. Ashrawi founded the National Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN). Moreover, she is the founder of the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) and has served as its Commissioner since 1994. As an academic, she founded and chaired the Department of English at Birzeit University and became Dean of the Faculty of Arts. For all her work, she is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees as well as distinguished awards from various international and local organizations.