Gershon Baskin (sitting in front row, second from right) in his 6th Grade photo at the Shore Road Elementary Bellmore, LI (South Shore). His teacher is Gerald Thompson.

Formal Education

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1993 Ph.D. International Affairs, Greenwich University
Dissertation: Sovereignty and Territory in the Future of Jerusalem
(Ph.D. Mentors and academic supervisors: Prof. Alan Dowty, Notre Dame University and Prof. Edy Kaufman, University of Maryland and Hebrew University)

1991 M.A. International Affairs, Greenwich University (under the academic supervision of Prof. Alan Dowty, Notre Dame University)
Dissertation: The Political and National Elements of a Possible Interim Agreement between Israel and the Palestinians

1978 B.A. New York University, Politics and History of the Middle East
Senior Thesis: A Political Philosophical Analysis of Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Other Training

2000 Third Party Good Offices in Hot Disputes: Harvard University and MIT under directorship of Prof. Lawrence Susskind and Prof. Roger Fisher
40 hour seminar with top conflict resolution expects in private seminar for IPCRI Co-Directors

2000-2004 Public Dispute Multi-Stakeholder Mediation Course
200 hours of training led by Prof. Lawrence Susskind from Harvard-MIT (and others) – environmental dispute mediation certification in the framework of JEMS – the Joint Israeli-Palestinian Environmental Mediation Service

2004 Mediation Israel
sixty-hour basic certification course on mediation

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin is one of the most recognizable names in the Middle East Peace process. His dedication to creating a culture of peace and environmental awareness, coupled with his impeccable integrity, has earned him the trust of the leaders of all sides of the century old conflict. Few people have such far-reaching and positive impacts on promoting peace, security, prosperity and bi-national relationships.
Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.
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