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Symposium: The New Media & the Palestine Question: Blogging Out of Conflict  

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Sep 23, 2010   11:00 am - 2:15 pm

23 September 2010
The Palestine Center
Washington, DC

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Panel 1 – Changing the Public Discussion
Participants: Jerome Slater, Adam Horowitz
Moderator: Will Youmans

Addressing: How has blogging/new media affected the public debate on Israel/Palestine? How has blogging/new media responded to the Main Stream Media and vice versa? What results has this interaction had on the public discussion of Israel/Palestine?

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Panel 2 – Changing the Policy Discussion
Participants: MJ Rosenberg, Stephen Walt
Moderator: Yousef Munayyer

Addressing: Does blogging/new media matter to the policy making elite? What about Congress, lobby groups? How has the increase in participants in the discussion changed policy calculations if any? Does the openness created by blogging/new media, which was not present in the past, make elected officials think twice about their actions.


Slater Jerome Slater is professor (emeritus) of political science at SUNY/Buffalo, currently holding the position of University Research Scholar. He writes on U.S. foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for professional journals, general interest media, and on his own blog,
Horowitz Adam Horowitz is a writer and co-editor of the website Mondoweiss, a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective. Prior to Mondoweiss, Horowitz was Director of the Israel/Palestine Program for the American Friends Service Committee, where he gained extensive on-the-ground experience in Israel/Palestine.  
Rosenberg M.J. Rosenberg is Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill for various Democratic members of the House and Senate for 15 years. He was also a Clinton political appointee at USAID. He has been one of the most consistent and prolific bloggers on this issue. From 1998-2009, he was director of policy at Israel Policy Forum.  His blog can be found at
Walt Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he served as Academic Dean from 2002 to 2006. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he was Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences.  He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, and co-chair of the editorial board of the journal International Security.  His daily weblog can be found at
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