Middle East Studies

Prospects for Peace after Gaza, with PLO Ambassador Maen Areikat

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

After the collapse of yet another round of US-backed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and yet another violent conflict in Gaza this summer, what are the prospects for a peaceful resolution? Maen Rashid Areikat, Chief Representative of the Palestinian government to the US, will address the ongoing occupation and efforts for a peaceful and durable solution. Chief Representative Areikat is the highest-ranking Palestinian governmental official in the US, and has been involved in numerous peace negotiations. His remarks will be followed by audience Q&A.

Chief Representative Areikat's talk is organized by J Street U Brown, a chapter of J Street U, the national pro-Israel, pro-peace progressive Jewish student movement, and is cosponsored by  Brown RISD Hillel,  Brown Middle East Studies, the  Watson Institute for International Studies, the International Relations DUG and the Middle East Studies DUG.

Prior to his appointment to Washington, Palestinian-born Maen Rashid Areikat was bestowed the rank of Ambassador by Chairman of the PLO and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Maen Areikat served for 11 years at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the PLO. Areikat first joined NAD in 1998, when it was headed by current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and served as its Director-General until March 2008. Prior to his service at NAD, Chief Representative Areikat spent six years at Orient House (1993-1998), the headquarters of the PLO in Jerusalem and of the Palestinian Negotiating Team to the Madrid peace talks. Chief Representative Areikat previously took part in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations at Beit Hanoun/Erez in Gaza and Taba in Egypt in 1996, in Jerusalem in 1997 and was an official member of the Palestinian delegation at the Wye River negotiations in 1998.

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