Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Forum for Scholars and Publics (011 Old Chemistry Building)
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Light lunch served beginning at 11:45 a.m.
The US-Palestinian relationship has shaped much of Middle East politics for decades. Despite a close working relationship with Israel, the United States has often tried to serve the role of the 'honest broker' in handling the Israel-Palestine conflict, which has, in turn, necessitated an effective working relationship with Palestine. The relative strain on, or warmth of, this relationship has always been in flux and responsive to current event, but a new American foreign policy under President Trump will naturally challenge the status quo, perhaps more drastically than at any point in the past. Palestinian-US dialogue will remain of critical importance over the course of the next few years.
Ambassador Areikat currently serves as Chief Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United States since May 2009. Previously, Ambassador Areikat served 11 years at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the PLO in Ramallah, most recently as its Deputy Head and Coordinator-General (2008-2009). Commentary will be provided by Duke professors David Schanzer (Sanford School) and miriam cooke (AMES).
This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Political Science Department, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Sanford School for Public Policy, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.