Date(s) - Thursday, February 23, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami
5202 University Drive
Coral Gables, FL
The peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has taken shape over the years despite the ongoing violence which has prevailed since the beginning of the conflict. Since the 1980’s Gershon Baskin has been on the forefront of efforts to research and develop the terms upon which a viable peace can be agreed to in both the Palestinian–Israeli conflict and the broader Arab–Israeli conflict.
In his dynamic presentation Gershon focuses on the numerous failures and success of the process, sharing the valuable lessons learned from his years of first hand experience as the advisor to leaders of both sides of the conflict. Asking “Is Israeli-Palestinian peace still viable? Is the two-states for two-peoples option still alive?” Gershon discusses proposals/plans that could have changed the course of history and shares his candid insights on how to run/not run a peace process, including his own list of do’s and don’ts of peace negotiations.
He spotlights the lessons that can be easily adopted and applied in other conflict settings including an examination of the difference between Good/Bad agreements and Good/Bad implementations and the difficulties in applying negotiations theory to actual negotiations. Gershon debates the roles of third parties in monitoring, verification and treaty enforcement and discusses international engagement including the need/not need for international mediators and negotiators.