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America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” is the topic for a Middle East Forum at 5:30 p.m. February 26, 2013.

Sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the discussion takes place at the Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The Honorable Daniel C. Kurtzer (pictured), Lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, will speak.

Nearly two decades after Rabin and Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians remains elusive. The latest Israeli-Hamas conflict, the new Palestinian status at the UN, and the 2013 Israeli parliamentary elections are some of the latest developments to impact peace prospects. Offering insight from his extensive career in the Middle East, Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer argues that it is time for America to once again make a serious effort to advance Arab-Israeli peace. As President Obama begins his second term, what role should American diplomacy have in resolving this conflict?

His latest book, Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

Fee is $20, and business attire is required. To register, go online.

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