Gershon Baskin addresses the Olive Tree Initiative

Gershon Baskin addresses the Olive Tree Initiative

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Gershon Baskin focused on the negotiations, the possibility of a two-state solution, and lessons learned from Israeli-Palestinian process, with Olive Tree Initiative students.

On February 4th, UCI was honored to host Dr. Gershon Baskin at one of many speakers events it intends to put on as part of the OTI wide speaker “20 Years After the Oslo Peace Accords: What Happened to Peace in the Middle East?”. This speaker series, which was launched earlier this year and will inc number of campuses, will feature a variety of negotiators and key players in conflict since Oslo.

The UCI Olive Tree Initiative was fortunate to work in connection with the Center for Citizen Peace Building and the International Public Studies Forum to bring this esteemed guest to the UCI campus. Dr. Baskin is the for co-director and founder of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Infor (IPCRI), a joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think tank located in Jerusalem also served as the director of the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence and was the point person in the secret back channel negotiations that result successful release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit.

Dr. Baskin gave a attended talk on Monday night in front of about 120 attendees, focusing on the negotiations, the possibility of a two-state solution, and lessons learned from Israeli-Palestinian process, followed by several in class presentations and a greet with OTI students.

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