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February 3, 2010: News, Research & Events from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Getting to the Territorial Endgame of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement

Baker Institute Report: Mapping the Territorial Contours of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement

The Baker Institute on Feb. 2, 2010, published a report that offers concrete recommendations to U.S. negotiators on the territorial component of an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement. The report, “Getting to the Territorial Endgame of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement,” draws on nearly two years of discussions between a working group of Israelis and Palestinians convened under the aegis of the institute’s Conflict Resolution Forum and chaired by Baker Institute Founding Director Edward P. Djerejian.

The findings provide policymakers in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah with the results of a “bottom-up” approach highlighting differences and areas of possible agreement between the Israeli and Palestinian positions on the key territorial issues. A primary assumption underlying this report is that the territorial component of peace cannot be negotiated and addressed in isolation of other final status issues, including Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees and security.

“No agreement will please every constituency on either side," said Djerejian, who is a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and to Israel, as well as former assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs.  "But this report can provide the respective governments with a heads up on significant problems and contentious issues that they most likely will encounter in actual negotiations, and, at the same time, provide insights into where differences could be narrowed and agreements reached."

Robert Mosbacher Remembered

The Baker Institutes mourns the loss of The Honorable Robert A. Mosbacher Sr., who passed away last month.

Mr. Mosbacher was a great friend and supporter of the institute. A successful businessman, civic leader and U.S. secretary of commerce under President George H.W. Bush, he also spearheaded the institute's Robert A. Mosbacher Global Issues Lecture Series. The program promotes important and constructive dialogue on the role of international trade and commerce in the global economy.

"Robert Mosbacher was a true philanthropist and his commitment to our community will be long remembered," said Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, the institute's founding director. "We are honored to host a program in his name as a fitting tribute to his legacy as a businessman and public servant."

Baker Institute Again Named Among Top U.S. Think Tanks

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania has once again ranked the Baker Institute among the top 50 think tanks in the United States. An international panel of experts selected the institute from a field of 1815 U.S. think tanks; evaluation criteria included the impact of the organization's research and analysis as well as its breadth of audience and financial support, and contribution to public debate and policymaking.

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