Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia University, where he teaches courses on Modern Middle Eastern History; the United States, the Middle East and the Cold War; Islamic Movements in the Modern Middle East; the Modern History of Palestine; and Nationalism in the Arab World.
The US is the 900-pound gorilla on the block. You cannot keep them away from the negotiating table.
Khalidi served as an adviser to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. He is the editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies , and has written seven books on the Middle East.
His most recent book, Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East , examines the US failure as a peace broker through three key historical moments – the Reagan Plan of 1982; the period following the Madrid Peace Conference that culminated in the Oslo Accords; and the policies pursued by the Barack Obama administration on Israeli settlements.
Khalidi joined Empire to speak about how the US cannot be kept away from the negotiations but also makes for the worst possible mediator, and argues that the latest round of negotiations between Israel and Palestine are a “walking dead” with no hope of a solution.
“The United States is the 900-pound gorilla on the block. You cannot keep them away from the negotiating table.”
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