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February 17, 2011

Spring 2011 Wyant

The spring 2011 Wyant Lecture Series featured a panel discussion with The Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace on February 8th in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall. Panelists discussed issues relating to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Members of the Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace co-authored the book "Israel and Palestine - Two States for Two Peoples: If Not Now, When?," published online by the Foreign Policy Association in 2010. The book seeks to explain the most salient issues of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and to suggest policy options for addressing them. The book covers the refugee issue, settlements and borders, Jerusalem and security. All of the members of the study group believe that a two-state solution is in the best interest of the Israelis, Palestinians and the United States.

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The Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace includes:

Alan Berger, an editorial writer at The Boston Globe, has been writing about the dispute since 1982. He has interviewed many of the principals and policymakers.

Harvey Cox is Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard University. He has worked with the Middle East Peace Program of the World Council of Churches, and has lectured at both Jewish and Palestinian institutions in Israel.

Herbert C. Kelman is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, and co-chair of the Middle East Seminar at Harvard University. A pioneer in the development of interactive problem solving, he has been engaged for nearly 40 years in efforts toward the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lenore G. Martin is the Wyant Professor and Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College and co-chair of the Middle East Seminar at Harvard University. She was a monitor for the 2006 Palestinian elections.

Everett Mendelsohn is Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at Harvard University. For more than 40 years he has been actively involved in Israeli-Arab/Palestinian peace making first as chair of the Middle East program of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) and then as Chair of the Middle East Program of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' program on International Security.

Augustus Richard Norton is a Professor in the Departments of International Relations and Anthropology at Boston University, and Visiting Professor in the Politics of the Middle East at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2006 was an adviser to the Iraq Study Group ("Baker-Hamilton Commission").

Henry Steiner, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor Emeritus at Harvard Law School, founded the School's Human Rights Program and directed it for 21 years. His writing addresses a broad range of international human rights issues.

Stephen M. Walt is Robert and Rene Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine where he also has a daily blog.