The Palestinians: History, Agency, and Future Prospects

The 2016 Palestine Center Annual Conference will examine the current situation of Palestine within overlapping historical, sociological, and political contexts. Panelists will examine the centrality and marginalization of Palestine in the recent conflicts in the Middle East with a retrospective gaze at Sykes-Picot and the legacies of the British Mandate on Palestinians in the present, as well as the changing role of the United States and the still undigested effects of the “Arab Spring”. They will analyze the continuing reality of Israeli military occupation and incursions into Gaza, illegal settlements, intensified domination of Jerusalem, and detentions of Palestinian children. They will also offer perspectives on Washington’s policy toward Israel and Palestine, in light of this year’s presidential elections, as well as the challenges to the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement in the United States and internationally.

Palestine and the Palestinians: Media, People, Politics

The Palestine Center’s 2015 conference examines multiple aspects of the current situation, focusing on the context and representation of Palestinians in the media, regional and international politics, and the United States. Internationally renowned scholars, activists, journalists, and practitioners analyze factors on the ground and larger policies in four panels.

The Politics of Identity in the Middle East

Panel I – Prospect for Palestinian Freedom: Assessing the “peace process” and exploring alternatives; Panel II – Sectarianism Spinning out of Control: The drivers and victims of hate; Panel III – Palestine in the Middle: Effects of regional conflict on the future of Palestine and its Politics; Panel IV – A Return to the Cold War?: The foreign policies of great powers and regional players

Which Way Forward? U.S.-Middle East Relations After the Election

Panel I – Revolution: Where It Came From and Where It Is Heading, Panel II – Palestinian National Strategy: Evaluating and Re-Evaluating, Panel III – Covering the Uprisings: Perspectives, Biases and the role of the Media, Panel IV – U.S. Foreign Policy toward a Revolutionary Region: Opportunities and Responsibilities

A Turning Point: For Palestine and the Region

Panel I – Revolution: Where It Came From and Where It Is Heading, Panel II – Palestinian National Strategy: Evaluating and Re-Evaluating, Panel III – Covering the Uprisings: Perspectives, Biases and the role of the Media, Panel IV – U.S. Foreign Policy toward a Revolutionary Region: Opportunities and Responsibilities

Palestine: In a Moment of Change or Continuity?

Panel I – The Changing Face of Jerusalem; Panel II – Changing Resistance Tactics: Violence, Non-Violence and the Battle for Legitimacy; Panel III – Regional Dynamics: Carrying the Torch?; Panel IV – Peace Process: Déjà vu all over again?

The Erasure of Palestine

It is the intention of this conference to underscore the reality we are facing by: first, examining and illuminating current Palestinian existence in historic Palestine; second, by truthfully and candidly pursuing the historical process of the Judaization of the country; and third, by exploring the roles available to people seeking justice for the Palestinian people.

The U.S. and the Arab World: An Assessment of American Policy in the Middle East

The Middle East is vital to global stability and crucial to U.S. interests. Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Syria have emerged as a centerpiece of American foreign policy, influencing how the United States is viewed in the region and around the world. Because of the gravity of conditions in the region, specifically in the mentioned countries and their vital importance, in similar ways or in their own unique way, the United States is facing one of its most difficult and significant international challenges in decades. With most events in the region having been set in motion by American decisions and actions, the United States has both a national and a moral interest to change course.