In the 25 years since the Oslo process was launched, it remains the most fruitful round of talks on the Israeli-Palestinian issue not only because of the formal accords it produced, but also because it managed to put the protagonists in one room and have them talk to one another. And some believe this direct exchange was only possible because the Americans were not around. As yet another US administration tries to mediate between the Israelis and the Palestinians, how big of a problem is the mediation itself?
To discuss this, Oksana Boyko is joined by Gershon Baskin, Founder of the Israel/Palestine: Creative Regional Initiatives
As the host of Worlds Apart, Oksana is known for her straightforward questions and deep knowledge of the subject.
She has interviewed President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic, President of Slovenia Borut Pahor, President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Palestine Riad al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Minister of Defense of Iran Hossein Dehghan, PACE President Ann Brasseur, OSCE General secretary Lamberto Zannier, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland, former UN Secretary general Kofi Annan, UN Special Representative for International Migration Peter Sutherland, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, UN High Commissioner on Refugees Antonio Guterres, CEO and Editor of Foreign Policy magazine David Rothkopf and many other politicians, experts and scholars, as well as actors, athletes and even an opera singer Monserrat Caballe.
Oksana holds a BA in Journalism from the St Petersburg State University and an MS in Mass Communications from the Kansas State University.