LISD co-hosted a panel discussion, "No End in Sight? The Gaza Crisis and Its Consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2009 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. Panel discussants examined the prospects for Mideast peace in the wake of January’s Gaza war. The event is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School. Panelists included Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at WWS and former US ambassador to Israel and Egypt; L. Carl Brown, Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs (emeritus), Princeton University; Amaney Jamal, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University; and Uriel Abulof, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LISD. Ambassador Robert Finn, Senior Research Associate at LISD, moderated the panel.
Daniel Kurtzer is the co-author of the recent book, Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East, with Scott B. Lasensky. He served as U.S. ambassador to Israel (2001-2005) and ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001. He is the recipient of several awards, including the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Henrietta Szold Award by Hadassah, first awarded to Eleanor Roosevelt in 1949.
L. Carl Brown is a historian of the modern Near East and North Africa, with special emphasis on the Arab world. A member of the Princeton faculty from 1966 to 1993, he was long director of the interdisciplinary Program in Near Eastern Studies. Among his many books, he is most recently author of Religion and State: The Muslim Approach to Politics (2000), and editor of Diplomacy in the Middle East: The International Relations of Regional and Outside Powers (2001).
Amaney Jamal's current research focuses on democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Middle East. She has written two books: Barriers to Democracy, which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Middle East; and an edited volume which examines the patterns and influences of Arab and Muslim American racialization. She is writing a third book on citizenship in the Arab world.
Uriel Abulof is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute and teaches at the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He currently works on the role of political ethics in intercommunal conflicts, specializing in ethnicity and nationalism, with a focus on the Middle East, Canada, the Balkans and South Africa. His recent article, forthcoming in the International Studies Quarterly, compares the existential uncertainty of two ethno-national communities: Israeli Jews and French Canadians.
Robert Finn has a dual appointment in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 2003-2005 he was the Ertegun Visiting Professor in the Near East Studies Department of Princeton University. He served as the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan from March 2002 until August 2003. Previously, he had also been the Ertegun Professor at Princeton, following service as the U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan from 1998 until July of 2001. His other diplomatic postings include Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir in Turkey, Lahore in Pakistan and Zagreb, Croatia. He opened the U.S. embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1992.