NYU's Taub Center for Israel Studies will host “Lessons Learned from the Israeli-Palestinian Peace-Finding Process,” a lecture by Yair Hirschfeld, an architect of the 1993 Oslo Accords, on Mon., Sept. 15.


The event, co-sponsored with NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 212.992.9797 or emailing rsvp.taub@nyu.edu.

Currently teaching at the University of Haifa, Hirschfeld will provide an insider’s account as to why Secretary John Kerry's Peace Initiative for the Middle East failed and discuss why a less-ambitious effort may have prevented a breakdown of negotiations. Hirschfeld will also analyze the importance and problems of U.S. mediation and of involvement from others in the international community. In addition, he will discuss the impact of regional powers--particularly the ongoing struggle between radical militant Islamic state- and non-state actors and pro-Western Arab states and Israel.

From 1994 to 1995, Hirschfeld was a member of the Israeli team that prepared the first Israeli-Palestinian blueprint for the Permanent Status Agreement. Hirschfeld is a lecturer at the University of Haifa and director general of the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Israel.

Editor’s Note:
The Taub Center was established with a gift from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. The gift supports an endowed professorship and two graduate fellowships in Israel Studies, and funds lectures, seminars, scholarly colloquia at the Center, and other special programs for students, faculty, and the community. In addition to offering its own programming, the Taub Center works closely with NYU’s departments to create cross-disciplinary programming, serving to broaden NYU’s offerings in Judaic and Middle Eastern studies. For more, go to http://taub.as.nyu.edu/.


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