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The 2010 Palestine Center Annual Conference  

The Palestine Center
2425 Virginia Ave, NW

Washington, DC  20037

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October 29, 2010


8:00 - 9:00am

9:00am – 9:15am                                                      
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Welcome Remarks                                                       Watch the live webcast

  9:15am - 10:30am
  The Changing Face of Jerusalem    

  Amb. Phil Wilcox
  President, Foundation for Middle East Peace

  Tom Abowd
Tufts & U. Massachusetts

                                         Coffee and Pastry Break
    10:30 - 11am

  11am - 12:15am
  Changing Resistance Tactics: Violence, 
  Non-Violence & the Battle for Legitimacy

   Rebecca Vilkomerson on
   Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace

   Mubarak Awad on
   Founder, Nonviolence International

   Ibtisam Ibrahim on
   Professor, American University

                             Break for Lunch    12:15 - 1pm

  1pm - 2:15pm
   Regional Dynamics: Carrying the Torch?   

   Trita Parsi  on
   Founder, the National Iranian American Council

   Nuh Yilmaz on
   Foundation for Political, Economic & Social Research

   Saad Eddine Ibrahim on
   Egyptian human rights activist

  2:15pm - 3:30pm
  Peace Process: Déjà vu all over again?  

  Amb. Clovis Maksoud
  Former ambassador, League of Arab States


  Amjad Atallah 
  Co-Director, Middle East Task Force, New America


Amb. Phil Wilcox - President, Foundation for Middle East Peace

Amb. Phil Wilcox is the president of a Washington D.C.-based foundation devoted to fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Wilcox retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in September 1997 after 31 years of service. More info.

Tom Abowd - Professor, Tufts & U. Massachusetts, Amherst

Abowd teaches at Tufts and UMass-Amherst. He is an urban anthropologist and historian who received his Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in 2003. His book on spatial politics in contemporary Jerusalem, Colonial Jerusalem: the Spatial Construction of Identity and Difference, will be published by Syracuse University Press next year.

Rebecca Vilkomerson - Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace

Rebecca has over fifteen years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, program development and fundraising in the United States and Israel. Rebecca has been an active member of JVP since 2002, and lived in Israel with her family from 2006-2009. Most recently, Rebecca worked for a Palestinian Israeli public policy center and a Bedouin-Jewish environmental rights organization. More info.

Mubarak Awad - Founder, Nonviolence International

Awad founded Nonviolence International in 1989 after being expelled from Palestine for helping the creation of a nonviolent action campaign and the first intifada. He has worked for 30 years as an advocate for youth and started many programs that provide services for thousands of troubled and neglected young people across the United States. He is married to Nancy Nye, has 2 children and 1 grandchild. More info.

Ibtisam Ibrahim - Professor, American University

Dr. Ibrahim is an assistant professor of Sociology and the acting director of the Arab Studies Program at the American University, Washington, DC. Her research interests include the Arab World, Middle East studies and Islam with a special focus on Palestinians in Israel. Dr. Ibrahim’s recent publications include “Emigration Patterns among Palestinian Women,” “The Past’s Promises: Lessons from Peace Processes in Northern Ireland and the Middle East,” “Status of Palestinian Women in Israel,” “Israel’s ‘Ethnic Project toward Palestinians across Religious Lines” and “Debating Democracy in the Arab World.” More info.

Trita Parsi - Founder and president, the National Iranian American Council

Trita Parsi is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian politics, and the balance of power in the Middle East. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), for which he conducted more than 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision-makers. Treacherous Alliance is the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. More info.

Nuh Yilmaz - Director, Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA)

Mr. Yilmaz is widely published on Turkey’s new foreign policy orientations, U.S. foreign policy, Turkish politics, energy security, Turkish-American relations, and is a frequent commentator for the Turkish media. Mr. Yilmaz received his BS in Sociology from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, and completed his M.F.A in Graphic Design from Bilkent University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at George Mason University. More info.

Saad Eddine Ibrahim - Leading Egyptian human rights and democracy activist

Ibrahim is an Egyptian American sociologist and author. He is one of Egypt's leading human rights and democracy activists. For most of his professional career Saad Eddin Ibrahim was a professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo. He is the founder of both the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo and the Arab Organization for Human Rights.
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Amb. Clovis Maksoud - Former ambassador, League of Arab States

Dr. Maksoud was the Chief Representative of the League of Arab States in India from 1961-1966. From 1967-1979, he served as the Senior Editor of Al-Ahram and then Chief Editor of Al-Nahar Weekly. Ambassador Maksoud was appointed as the League of Arab States' Chief Representative to the United States and the United Nations on September 1, 1979.
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Amjad Atallah - Co-Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation

Mr. Atallah is also a Senior Affiliated Expert with the Public International Law and Policy Group and a co-founder of Women for Women International. Prior to working at the New America Foundation, Mr. Atallah headed Strategic Assessments Initiative, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing legal and policy assistance to parties involved in negotiations in conflict and post-conflict situations. 
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