According to Dennis Ross, diplomat for three presidential administrations and expert on Israel-Palestine issues, peace between the two nations is further out of reach today than at any point in his 30-year efforts on the issue.
Peace cannot be a piecemeal collection, Rabbi Michael Melchior said.
With fiery determination, a love for humanity at large and a simple message, Izzeldin Abuelaish delivered Monday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy titled “Preserving the Middle East Through Philanthropic Initiatives.”
The world watches the future of the Middle East unfold day by day, and the annual Middle East Update will…
Last Wednesday, diplomat and author Dennis Ross sat with political scientist Geoffrey Kemp in the Amphitheater for a discussion on the conflict in Gaza and the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The discussion of international politics was blunt and garnered a warm welcome from Chautauquans.
For more than 20 years, Chautauqua Institution has hosted a Middle East Update, an annual program that brings in foreign policy experts to help Chautauquans understand the tightly wound and highly complicated knot of conflicts and relationships in the Middle East.
This year’s Middle East Update begins at 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy and will continue on Aug. 12 and 13 at the same time and place. Today, Geoffrey Kemp, director of regional security programs at the Center for the National Interest, will moderate a discussion with Dennis Ross, diplomat and counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Ross is also speaking at today’s morning lecture.
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.
In his book The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, Aaron David Miller writes that four significant promises have been made regarding historic Palestine. First, God offered exclusive claim to his Jewish, Christian and Muslim followers.