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Augustus Richard Norton, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of International Relations and Anthropology at Boston University
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is of compelling interest to the United States. It offers the only realistic prospect for lasting peace and attainable justice for Israelis and Palestinians. It offers clear and substantial benefits to Americans, Palestinians and Israelis, as well as to most of the other states in the region…

[A]chievement of a two-state solution should be a top foreign-policy priority for the United States. Although many observers look at past failures and despair of future progress, there is now widespread recognition that a two-state solution is the only outcome consistent with the principles of attainable justice.”

“Israel and Palestine: Two States for Two Peoples: If Not Now, When?,” Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace, Mar. 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-founder and Member, Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace, 2008-present
  • Co-editor, Muslim Politics series, Princeton University Press, 2004-present
  • Contributing Editor, Current History, 1991-present
  • Co-founder and Chair, Conference Group on the Middle East, American Political Science Association, 1984-present
  • Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Boston University
  • Visiting Professor in Politics of the Middle East, University of Oxford
  • Fellow, Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford
  • Adviser to the Iraq Study Group (Baker-Hamilton Commission), 2006
  • Associate Chairman, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, 1982-1993
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1984
  • Certification in Modern Standard Arabic and Cairene dialect, Defense Language Institute, 1979
  • MA, Political Science, University of Miami, 1974
  • BA, Political Science, University of Miami, 1974
Other:
  • Fluent in Modern Standard Arabic and limited working knowledge of Spanish