|The Palestinian bid for statehood: Ramifications for U.S. policy
Given the lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Palestinians are seeking recognition as a state through a United Nations Security Council resolution and/or by the United Nations General Assembly for nonmember observer state status.
The Baker Institute is providing timely analysis of this developing situation, including what a UN vote on Palestinian statehood might mean for U.S. policymakers:
The Baker Institute's Conflict Resolution Program has been working for years on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, most recently publishing "Getting to the Territorial Endgame of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement," a report that offers concrete recommendations for policymakers on this concern.
Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian, former U.S. ambassador to Syria and to Israel, observes that the United States has "tactically taken the right course in addressing the political dynamics of change" in the Middle East in this Sept. 22, 2011, Council on Foreign Relations interview, "Assessing U.S. Leadership in Mideast."
Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian, former U.S. ambassador to Syria and to Israel, discusses what should happen after the UN vote in this Sept. 21, 2011, Houston Chronicle op-ed, "U.S. must live up to role as Mideast honest broker."
Baker Institute guest lecturer retired Israeli Maj. Gen. Danny Rothschild addresses the obstacles to Middle East peace at the Sept. 19, 2011, event "New Realities in the Broader Middle East" (video).
Baker Institute fellows Samih Al-Abed and Yair Hirschfeld examine prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the May 10, 2011, event "Seeking Peace Between Israel and Palestine: The Way Forward" (video).
For more analysis of the Arab Awakening, including the situations in Syria and Libya, visit the Baker Institute's "U.S. Policy in the Middle East."
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