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Prospects for Progress in the Middle East: A Conversation with Experts on the Conflict
March 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
David Makovsky and Ghaith Al-Omari, senior fellows at The Washington Institute will speak about their experiences in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Join us for a conversation about the current prospects for progress between Israelis and Palestinians and whether peace is possible in the Middle East with experts on the conflict and negotiations.
David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2013-2014, he worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State, serving as a senior advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations. He is coauthor, with Dennis Ross, of the 2019 book “Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny” (PublicAffairs).
Ghaith al-Omari, a senior fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship, is the former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. He served as advisor to the negotiating team during the 1999-2001 permanent-status talks in addition to holding various other positions within the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Al-Omari is a lawyer by training and a graduate of Georgetown and Oxford universities.