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Miller discusses obstacles to making Israeli-Palestinian peace

Miller discusses obstacles to making Israeli-Palestinian peace

After about 40 years of studying and being involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Aaron David Miller believes three things hold true in regards to ending the conflict. First, ending the conflict is possible, so long as the right circumstances are in place. Second, dialogue and negotiation are necessary. And third, the United States has a major role to play in those negotiations.

Miller delivered the third of his five Interfaith Lectures for Week Seven at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Hall of Philosophy. He has studied the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a historian, and in the 1980s, he was an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of State, focusing on Lebanon and Palestine. He has also worked as a policy maker and negotiator under six secretaries of state.

SLIDESHOW — Birthday Dash: From start to finish, OFN Race an action-packed celebration of Chautauqua

SLIDESHOW — Birthday Dash: From start to finish, OFN Race an action-packed celebration of Chautauqua

You may have noticed an unusual amount of traffic on the streets of Chautauqua Saturday morning. You may also have noticed that the traffic was of the pedestrian variety, with some folks appearing to be in quite a hurry.

The Old First Night Run/Walk/Swim is an annual tradition marking the birthday of our fair Institution. Runners, walkers and swimmers traverse land and sea (pool) for a chance to be a part of this tradition and score the coveted OFN T-shirt. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

Williamson: ‘Oil is what this planet runs on, for good or for ill’

Williamson: ‘Oil is what this planet runs on, for good or for ill’

The intersection of economy and diplomacy — how countries interact based on their financial needs — can be linked directly to one factor: the world’s eternal search for energy.

“Oil is what this planet runs on, for good or for ill,” said Molly Williamson, a scholar at the Middle East Institute who has served as a foreign service officer under six U.S. presidents. “And every single day, this planet consumes 89 million barrels of oil.”

Burns: ‘We need to lead with diplomacy, not the military’

Burns: ‘We need to lead with diplomacy, not the military’

Drug cartels, sex trafficking, global terrorism, nuclear proliferation and climate change have at least one thing in common — Nicholas Burns believes diplomacy could fix them all.

Burns, the first speaker on the Week Seven theme of “Diplomacy,” is a former American diplomat, having served as the American ambassador to Greece and as a representative to NATO. Currently, he works as a professor of international politics and the practice of diplomacy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Boyle: Kids joining gangs are ‘always fleeing something. Always.’

Boyle: Kids joining gangs are ‘always fleeing something. Always.’

Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and a family man. He believes that without a sense of kinship among people, there can be no justice and no peace.

“The measure of our compassion lies not in our service to those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them,” said Boyle, also known as “G-Dog” among the former gang members he works with.