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The Middle East a scary place these days. Threats are real and the safety and security of the region and the world are at risk. Groups like Al-Qaeda (Army of Islam including Jaysh al-Islam / Tawhid / Jihad Brigades; Doghmush, Abu Qatada, Azzam Brigades, Jund Ansar Allah, Fatah al-Islam, Jaljalat, Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad fi Filastin); Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade; Hamas (including the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades); Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna, Ansar al-Islam, Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (including the Al-Quds Brigades), The Popular Resistance Committees, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) (including Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades and Jihad Jibril Brigades) as well the legacy of Iran, Syria and Iraq all contribute to the situation. The complex realities are often difficult to understand and the sense of pessimism and hopelessness are too pervasive. The questions surrounding Israeli-Palestinian peace and the possibility of a two states solution are deeply debated. Gershon Baskin’s political, educational and military backgrounds give him a unique perspective for assessing the key challenges of sustainable peace, international diplomacy and environmental security.

This is an opportune time to invite Gershon to your community to speak about these and other issues.

The Trump Administration and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

The policies of the Trump Administration regarding the Israeli Palestinian conflict are unclear at best and totally unpredictable. In this presentation, Gershon will examine the possible policy options facing President Trump and his advisers and possible outcomes of their choices. Gershon Baskin will focus on how the situation in Israel and Palestine is connected to the war and suffering in Syria and the strengthening of Egypt and Jordan. He will touch upon the need of continuing to assist the Palestinian, mainly the private sector, in order to build a more secure Palestinian economy. Gershon will share his ideas on how President Trump should take a strong stand on radical Islamic terrorism, against Al-Qaida and against ISIS in order to help to create a more secure Middle East and a more secure world. He will discuss how unilateral actions of either side that could make the process of reaching agreements more difficult, and will share his perspectives of Jerusalem related issues.
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In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine

Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine

Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine

Geshon Baskin’s new book In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine (published by the Vanderbilt Univ. Press) details his 40 years of intensive pursuit of peace. Gershon was involved in creating & directing the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence and founding and co-directing the only joint Israeli Palestinian public policy think & do-tank in the world. During the many cycles of peace negotiations, Gershon Baskin has served not only as an trusted adviser to many of the regions leaders, but also as a radical agitator advocating a sustainable peace. In the book, Gershon Baskin reveals how relations in the Middle East are based on justified fear, influenced by lack of human contact and reinforced by continued violence that solidify patterns of thinking and behavior that negatively influence public policies. Dr. Baskin shares his life experience and wisdom in transforming the sustentation of the conflict to breaking out of animosity and turning a new page. What the parties in conflict say and do are mutually influential and reinforcing in keeping the parties in conflict.
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The Secret Conduit to Freedom – The Story of the Secret Negotiations between Israel and the Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement

Gilad Schalit and Gershon Baskin

Gilad Schalit and Gershon Baskin

A long line of diplomats and intelligence officers from Egypt, Germany, France, Turkey and other countries tried for more than five years to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas that would free the abducted soldier Gilad Schalit. In his presentation, Gershon Baskin describes in detail his first hand experience in initiating and establishing the secret direct channel of talks that he held with the Hamas since the first week after Schalit’s abduction on June 25, 2006. He shares how he initiated the breakthrough in negotiations by opening a channel of communication between the Hamas and David Meidan, the Mossad officer appointed by Prime Minister Netanyahu to bring Schalit home after years in captivity. Gershon focuses on the conditions that enabled the deal to be reached, how the deal was closed, the dilemmas involved, and the lessons that need to be learned from the ordeal.
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Rising Challenges from the Middle East

Iranian Missiles

Iranian Missiles

With Iran on the verge of deploying nuclear weapons, Al-Qaeda global militant Islamist organizational becoming more active throughout the region, the ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba’ath Party government and those seeking to oust it and the ever changing political and security situation in Egypt, the world stands at a critical moment in Middle East affairs. Gershon Baskin discusses the impact of these challenges for the Peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the international geopolitical landscape. He describes the numerous effects on human security, environment, energy, security, business, and the evolving geostrategic situation. When it comes to understanding the range of both benefits and risks, few are as knowledgeable than Gershon Baskin to furnish comprehensive observations and honest assessments.
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Peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Gershon Baskin and Mohammad Abbas (Abu Mazen)

Gershon Baskin and Mohammad Abbas (Abu Mazen)

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. In the light of the current intense and indirect three-way diplomacy between representatives of Hamas, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority; intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry initiatives, Gershon will share his recommendations as to the efficacy of interim processes with long term goals, how to succeed in the current stage of the process, and what we can learn from other conflicts and peace processes. When it comes to understanding the complexities of the Middle East, few are as experienced as Gershon Baskin to impart expert insights and candid appraisals of the situation. Gershon focuses on the numerous failures and successes of the process, and the valuable lessons learned from his years of first hand experience as an advisor to leaders of both sides of the conflict.
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Environmental Policy and Sustainable Peace in the 21st Century

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

With the latest data and innovations, Gershon Baskin confronts environmental issues facing the planet and their impact on Middle East civilization that both conveys valuable information while stimulating audiences to think and act differently. Gershon discusses his personal experience in developing affordable solar generated electricity in the Middle East, Rwanda, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Romania. Arguing that the environmental changes in our planet influence both local and global economies, he encourages audiences to consider the integration of environmental, social and political issues in developing international relations. Gershon talks about the need for commitment to enact policy mechanisms concerning environmental issues and sustainability that will prevent harmful effects on the biophysical environment and natural resources. He discusses numerous aspects of air and water pollution, solid waste management, biodiversity, ecosystem management, maintenance of biodiversity, the protection of natural resources, wildlife and endangered species. He focuses on comprehensive attempts to unify environmental security together with societal, economic and political security, arguing that neither of aspects is attainable in the long run without synergy between each other.
Click here to book a speaking engagement with Gershon Baskin on the topic of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Peace in the 21st Century

Topics of recent presentations of Gershon Baskin

Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

The Trump Administration and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine

Peace: Dream and Reality

The Chances for an Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Israel's future, Shimon Peres, and peace

ISRAEL Y PALESTINA: LA PAZ POSIBLE

Education For Peace: The Role of Diaspora Educators in Laying the Foundations for Peace

Lessons learned from the failed Israeli Palestinian peace process

The role of Junior High School Students in Promoting Peace in the Middle East

The Role of Diaspora Community Leaders in Promoting Peace in the Middle East

Paz para Israel y Palestina ¿se puede?

Facing the absence of peace-Israeli / Palestinian strategic options

How can peace be made between Israel and Palestine?

Is Israeli Palestinian peace still possible?

Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

The String Puller: Behind the Negotiations to release Gilad Schalit

Jerusalem’s Future: Jerusalem at the Heart of the Settlement of the Question of Palestine

Israel-Hamas Negotiations: From Prisoner Swaps to Peace?

Israel & Palestine: Is Peace Possible?

Conflict management? Conflict resolution? Permanent status agreement? Another interim agreement? The future of the Middle-East.

Everything you wanted to know about the Middle East but were afraid to ask

Masculinity, Articulation and StereoTypes: An analysis of how gender has effected the management and resolution of the Middle-East conflict

Rising Challenges from the Middle East: Living and Working for Peace between Israelis & Palestinians

What can and should President Obama do regarding the Israeli Palestinian conflict with the remainder of his term in office?

What is the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – one state, two states, three states?

Facing The Absence of Peace: Israeli-Palestinian Strategic Options

Rising Challenges from the Middle East

Rising Challenges from the Middle East

Israel, Peace and the Diaspora: Personalities and Issues

Will we be Zionists in 2030?

How do you negotiate for peace when there are no partners?

Facilitating Constructive Dialogue: Providing Opportunities for Transformative Change.

Gershon Baskin at Limmud Keshet Bulgaria

Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli Palestinian Peace process: lessons learned from 22 years of failed agreements

Ground Realities in the Holy Land

The Chances for Israeli/Palestinian Peace Post Israeli Election

The Israeli Elections: Implications for Netanyahu's Fourth Term

Israel Post-Elections: Is Israeli Palestinian Peace Still on the Table

Is there still a chance for Israeli Palestinian peace?

Israel's Direction Post-Election

The secret back channel between Israel and the Hamas: My Personal Experience

Gershon Baskin: Scholar-in-Residence

Is Israeli Palestinian peace still possible? Under what conditions and what if it is not?

How can call help to unify a divided Skane?

Israeli Palestinian Peace – two states for two peoples and other critical choices for Israel

The Secret Negotiations with Hamas for the return of Gilad Schalit

Peace Pays Off

Everything you wanted to know about the Israeli Palestinian conflict but were too embarrassed to ask

Is the two state solution still possible? What if it is not?

Independent energy for an Independent Palestine – bringing to solar revolution to our neighbours

Looking back on 2014: Did Hamas Win?

Under the Same Sun

The war this summer – a discussion of the dilemmas facing Israelis and Jews

Can Israel be both Jewish and democratic?

Peace Pays Off at the Bar

Israel’s Outlook after Operation Protective Edge

Operation Protective Edge (Israel’s Summer War in Gaza): Winners, Losers, and Prospects for Peace with Gershon Baskin

After Gaza: Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

Peace Process in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Is Peace Possible? Gershon Baskin on Israel-Palestine

An insider’s guide to what just happened in Gaza

The Environment & Middle East Peace

Israel & Hamas Peace in Today’s Middle East Geopolitics?

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

Freeing Gilad Schalit From Hamas

Negotiating With Hamas: What the man who negotiated Gilad Schalit's release can teach us about Israel's future

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Viable?

Removing Obstacles to Peace Between Israelis and Arabs

Where next for Israel and Gaza?

Gershon Baskin and The Yachad We Believe in Peace Campaign

How is Peace in Israel, Palestine and the Middle East Possible?

Rising Challenges from the Middle East

Peace and the Two-State Solution

The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas and Pursuing Peace

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible? Challenges, Obstacles and Hopes.

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: More of the Same or is There Reason for Hope?

The Secret Negotiations

Opening a Conduit with Hamas: Laying the foundations to release Gilad Schalit

Insights on the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Negotiations

Pacific Dialogue Event: Building Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians

Second Track Diplomacy and Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process – more of the same or is there reason for hope

Freeing Gilad Schalit: The Secret Back Channel

The State of Israeli Palestinian Peace

Is Peace Possible Between Israel and the Palestinians?

The 20th Anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accord: What Went Wrong and What Are the Prospects for a Lasting Peace between Israelis and Palestinians?

The Viability of an Israeli-Palestinian Deal: Lessons of a Peace Activist

Evening with Gershon Baskin

Freeing Gilad Schalit: Negotiating with Israel and Hamas

Rabbi Yisroel Fine interview with Dr. Gershon Baskin

The Conduit to Freedom

Sasson Nuriel, Gliad Scalit and the Duty of Pidyon Shvuyim

The process of negotiating the release of Gilad Schalit: A blow by blow account

The Palestinian citizens of Israel: How to confront the reality of a Jewish nation-state with a large Palestinian-Arab minority

The conduit to freedom – the story of the secret back channel negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the release of Gilad Schalit

Everything you always wanted to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but thought was too stupid to ask

Is two states for two peoples still a viable solution?

The Role of Third Parties in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Release of Gilad Schalit: My Story

The story of the secret back channel negotiations for Gilad Schalit

Secret Conduit to Freedom -- the Story of Negotiations between Israel and Hamas to free Gilad Schalit

The Link Between Israel and Hamas

Securing Gilad Schalit's freedom

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

Peace in the Midst of Conflict

The Failed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Valuable Lessons Learned

The Failed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Valuable Lessons Learned

The Secret Conduit to Freedom: The story of the secret negotiations between Israel & Hamas

The role/influence of religion in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict/negotiations

Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and specifically Israel-Hamas negotiations

20 Years after the Oslo Peace Accords: What happened to Peace in the Middle East?

The Secret Conduit of Freedom

The Conduit to Freedom for Gilad Schalit

Middle East peace activism

Let's Talk About Gaza

Fatah and Hamas at crossroads: reconcile or separate?

The Role of Third-Party Negotiations in Diplomacy

Palestinian-Israeli joint initiatives for peace: past, present and future perspectives

Yamim Noraim: Israel after Gilad Schalit

International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East

Building Unlikely Bridges Between Israel and Palestine: From the Schalit Deal to the Big Deal

Negotiating for Gilad Schalit’s Freedom: A Discussion with Gershon Baskin

Non-governmental Solutions and challenges for Furthering a two-State Solution

Israel, Palestinians & Mid-East Prospects for the Two State Solution

Is Israeli Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

Negotiating Freedom: Gilad Schalit & Israeli-Palestinian Peace

The Conduit to Freedom: Sharing the Secrets that Freed Gilad Schalit

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

"Is Israeli-Palestinian peace still possible?” -Reflections of a committed Israeli peace activist

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

How stable is the agreement between Fatah and Hamas?

The Role of Third Parties in Securing Israeli-Palestinian Peace

The Future of Israeli-Palestinian Relations: A Panel Discussion

Israelis, Palestinians and IPCRI: Working Together For a Better Future

The Viability of a Two State Solution

The history of the Arab Israeli conflict and what it means for peace possibilities in the future

The viability of a two state solution

The Israeli Palestinian Conflict & the New Middle East: Is Peace Possible?

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible? Obstacles & Opportunities

Peace is Doable: Thinking About How to Save the Two-State Solution

Can the Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel create a shared citizenship?

Peace and the Palestinian Partner

Partners for Peace

Scenarios and Models of the Middle East Settlement

Pursuing Peace Together: Working for Reconciliation in the Holy Land

How can all the issues be resolved: Security, Jerusalem, Refugees, Water, etc.

Middle East Peace Cafe: Discussions on the Middle East

The current state of the peace process

What do we expect and need from the United States?

Making Israeli-Palestinian Peace Real: Water, Security, Refugees, Settlements & other Practical Obstacles to a Two-State Solution

How to be Pro Israel and be Pro Peace

Pathways to Peace

What needs to happen for Peace in the Middle East

Jerusalem in the Permanent Status negotiations – what can be done with the Old City and the Holy Places?

What if the two-state solution can’t work?

Living and (almost) Dying in the Backwaters of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Obama one year on – is he good for the Jews?

Everything you always wanted to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but thought was too stupid to ask

Through the eye of political cartoons: Update on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, internal politics, society and culture.

What Should the 614th Commandment Be?

What Should the 614th Commandment Be?

Middle East 2020: Is the Comprehensive Settlement Possible?

What Can the US Do to Make Israeli-Palestinian Pease Possible?

The Rising Challenges from the Middle East

The Peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible?

New and Fresh Approaches to Old Problems

Peace Education in Israel/Palestine: 2009

Peace Education in Israel/Palestine

Prospects for a Meaningful Israel/Palestine Peace Process & the U.S. Role

Is Peace in the Middle East Possible?

Islam, Judaism, Jerusalem and Peace

Gershon Baskin at Ner Tamid

A Plan for Peace

Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue: Conversation or Cliché?

The One-State, Two-State Dilemma

A Plan for Peace

Is peace possible with a divided Palestinian house and a right-wing Israeli government?

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible?

Peace in the Middle East

The Role of of Civil society in the question of Palestine: United Nations Public Forum in Support of the Palestinian People

Strengthening international consensus on the urgency of achieving a two-State solution

How the pieces of the puzzle could possibly be put together

Options and Consequences: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives

Options and Consequences: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives

Paving the Road for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Is an Israeli-Palestinian permanent peace agreement feasible in one year?

Will the promise of two states for two peoples be kept?

Peace in the Middle East and Progressive Judaism

Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: A First Hand Account From Both Perspectives

Steps Forward In Jerusalem: Muslims, Christians and Jews engaging, learning and together building the Middle East public peace process

Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects

Issues, Obstacles, and Opportunities: Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects

Is an Israeli – Palestinian Peace Agreement Possible Within a Year?

Is an Israeli – Palestinian Peace Agreement Possible Within a Year?

The contribution and achievements of civil society Track II efforts towards peace making

Difficult Dialogues: Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects

How the U.S. can help forge Mideast peace

A First-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

After the Annapolis Peace Meeting: What Now? An Israeli and a Palestinian Analyst Speak

The issues, the obstacles, and the opportunities ahead for peace in the Middle East

Peace in Palestine and Israel: Is it Possible?

Is an Israeli-Palestinian permanent peace agreement feasible in one year?

Will the promise of two states for two peoples be kept?

Developments in the Internal Palestinian Dialogue – Are there real chances for a National Unity Government?

International Conference on Education for Peace and Democracy

The scope of the economic and humanitarian crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Educating for Peace in Divided Societies - Goals and Problems

Copenhagen Group - International Alliance for Arab-Israeli Peace

United Nations African Meeting in Support of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

Building NGO Partnerships for a Just and Comprehensive Settlement of the Question of Palestine

Jerusalem as Key Issue of a Just and Comprehensive Settlement


A First-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

A viable two-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East

After Gaza: Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

After the Annapolis Peace Meeting: What Now? An Israeli and a Palestinian Analyst Speak

An insider’s guide to what just happened in Gaza

Are there partners for any genuine Israeli Palestinian peace process?

Building Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians

Building Unlikely Bridges Between Israel and Palestine: From the Schalit Deal to the Big Deal

Can Israel be both Jewish and democratic?

Can the international community do something positive to assist in bringing the Israeli-Palestinian relationship to a better place?

Complex realities that are often difficult to understand

Developments in the Internal Palestinian Dialogue – Are there real chances for a National Unity Government?

Difficult Dialogues: Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects

Evening with Gershon Baskin

Everything you always wanted to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but thought was too stupid to ask

Everything you wanted to know about the Israeli Palestinian conflict but were too embarrassed to ask

Freeing Gilad Schalit From Hamas

Freeing Gilad Schalit: Negotiating with Israel and Hamas

Freeing Gilad Schalit: The Secret Back Channel

Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah, Iran, Palestine and Israel

How can all the issues be resolved: Security, Jerusalem, Refugees, Water, etc.

How does the nuclear deal with Iran impact Israeli-Palestinian relations?

How is Israeli-Palestinian peace possible?

How is Peace in Israel, Palestine and the Middle East Possible?

How the pieces of the puzzle could possibly be put together

How the U.S. can help forge Mideast peace

How to be Pro Israel and be Pro Peace

How to resolve issues such as Jerusalem?

Independent energy for an Independent Palestine – bringing to solar revolution to our neighbours

Insights on the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Negotiations

Is an Israeli-Palestinian permanent peace agreement feasible in one year?

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible? Challenges, Obstacles and Hopes.

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible? Obstacles & Opportunities

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

Is Israeli-Palestinian peace still possible?” -Reflections of a committed Israeli peace activist

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Viable?

Is it possible to have peace with the Palestinians while the West Bank is ruled by Fatah and Gaza by Hamas?

Is Peace Possible? Gershon Baskin on Israel-Palestine

Is the two state solution still possible? What if it is not?

Is there any validity to the 2003 Arab Peace Initiative?

Is there hope for a renewed effort for peace?

Is there really a Palestinian partner – what’s happening on the Palestinian side?

Is there still a chance for Israeli Palestinian peace?

Is there still a viable two states solution?

Is two states for two peoples still a viable solution?

Israel & Hamas Peace in Today’s Middle East Geopolitics?

Israel Post-Elections: Is Israeli Palestinian Peace Still on the Table

Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects

Israel, Palestinians & Mid-East Prospects for the Two State Solution

Israel’s Direction Post-Election

Israel’s Outlook after Operation Protective Edge

Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: A First Hand Account From Both Perspectives

Issues, Obstacles, and Opportunities: Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects

Jerusalem in the Permanent Status negotiations – what can be done with the Old City and the Holy Places?

Living and (almost) Dying in the Backwaters of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Looking back on 2014: Did Hamas Win?

Making Israeli-Palestinian Peace Real: Water, Security, Refugees, Settlements & other Practical Obstacles to a Two-State Solution

Middle East 2020: Is the Comprehensive Settlement Possible?

Middle East Peace Cafe: Discussions on the Middle East

Myths and facts in the Israeli-Palestinian, Israeli-Arab relationship

Negotiating for Gilad Schalit’s Freedom: A Discussion with Gershon Baskin

Negotiating Freedom: Gilad Schalit & Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Negotiating With Hamas: What the man who negotiated Gilad Schalit’s release can teach us about Israel’s future

Non-governmental Solutions and challenges for Furthering a two-State Solution

Opening a Conduit with Hamas: Laying the foundations to release Gilad Schalit

Operation Protective Edge (Israel’s Summer War in Gaza): Winners, Losers, and Prospects for Peace with Gershon Baskin

Options and Consequences: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives

Palestine/Israel and the Safety and Security of the region and the world

Palestinian-Israeli joint initiatives for peace: past, present and future perspectives

Pathways to Peace

Peace and the Two-State Solution

Peace in the Middle East and Progressive Judaism

Peace is Doable: Thinking About How to Save the Two-State Solution

Peace Pays Off

Peace Process in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Pursuing Peace Together: Working for Reconciliation in the Holy Land

Removing Obstacles to Peace Between Israelis and Arabs

Rising Challenges from the Middle East

Scenarios and Models of the Middle East Settlement

Second Track Diplomacy and Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine

Securing Gilad Schalit’s freedom

Steps Forward In Jerusalem: Muslims, Christians and Jews engaging, learning and together building the Middle East public peace process

The “Peace” Business: Money and Power in the Palestine-Israel Conflict

The 20th Anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accord: What Went Wrong and What Are the Prospects for a Lasting Peace between Israelis and Palestinians?

The Chances for Israeli/Palestinian Peace Post Israeli Election

The Conduit to Freedom

The Conduit to freedom – the story of the secret back channel negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the release of Gilad Schalit

The Conduit to Freedom: Sharing the Secrets that Freed Gilad Schalit

The contribution and achievements of civil society Track II efforts towards peace making

The current state of the peace process

The divided Palestinian political house – can peace be considered while Hamas continue to rule Gaza and seems to be growing in power?

The Environment & Middle East Peace

The History of the Arab Israeli conflict and what it means for peace possibilities in the future

The Israeli Elections: Implications for Netanyahu’s Fourth Term

The Israeli Palestinian Conflict & the New Middle East: Is Peace Possible?

The Israeli Palestinian Peace process: lessons learned from 22 years of failed agreements

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process – more of the same or is there reason for hope

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: More of the Same or is There Reason for Hope?

The issues, the obstacles, and the opportunities ahead for peace in the Middle East

The Link Between Israel and Hamas

The Middle East is a scary place these days

The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas and Pursuing Peace

The Palestinian citizens of Israel: How to confront the reality of a Jewish nation-state with a large Palestinian-Arab minority

The pervasive sense pessimism and hopelessness in the Middle East

The possibility of a two states solution

The questions surrounding Israeli-Palestinian peace

The Secret Negotiations

The State of Israeli Palestinian Peace

The viability of a two state solution

The Viability of an Israeli-Palestinian Deal: Lessons of a Peace Activist

The war this summer – a discussion of the dilemmas facing Israelis and Jews

Threats: Real or UnReal?

Through the eye of political cartoons: Update on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, internal politics, society and culture.

Under the Same Sun

What answers does the Israeli peace camp have for the Jewish right wing?

What do we expect and need from the United States?

What if the two-state solution can’t work?

What impact could the International Criminal Court investigation have on Israel?

What is Hamas?

What is happening to the Israeli peace camp?

What is the Palestinian strategy?

What needs to happen for Peace in the Middle East

What Should the 614th Commandment Be?

What strategic choices are facing the leaders of Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, the US and others?

What went wrong in the peace process and what do we learn from that?

Where next for Israel and Gaza?

Will the Palestinians continue their moves against Israel in the International Criminal Court?

Will the promise of two states for two peoples be kept?

Yamim Noraim: Israel after Gilad Schalit

Publications

Dr. Baskin’s books The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas (English) and Freeing Gilad: The Secret Back Channel (Hebrew) details the story of an unprecedented secret communication channel between the Hamas and Israel that made a decisive contribution towards the release of Gilad Schalit.
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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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