For those wondering how the Obama Administration is faring with its initiative to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis is offering a seasoned perspective at midday on Thursday, Oct. 8.
David Makovsky, the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, will discuss his new book, co-authored with long-time American diplomat and Mideast troubleshooter Dennis Ross.
The brown bag seminar is from 12:15 - 1:45 pm in the Heller Building, Room 163. For more information, see the Crown Center for Middle East Studies web site.
Makovsky, who was born in St. Louis, worked as an editor and diplomatic journalist for major Israeli publications, including the Jerusalem Post and Ha'aretz, traveling to Syria and elsewhere in the Arab world in the 1990s. Since then he has written numerous scholarly articles assessing the stalemated peace process, and US policy.
The Crown Center says of his new book with Ross: "Why has the United States consistently failed to achieve its strategic goals in the Middle East? According to Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, two of America's leading experts on the region, it is because we have been laboring under false assumptions, or mythologies, about the nature and motivation of Middle East countries and their leaders. In 'Myths, Illusions, and Peace,' the authors debunk these damaging fallacies, held by both the right and the left, and present a concise and far-reaching set of principles that will help America set an effective course of action in the region."
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