Last updated on: 9/22/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

James A. Phillips, MALD Biography

Title:
Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Newly-elected Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas faces two major challenges: reforming Yasser Arafat’s corrupt thugocracy and securing a Palestinian state through negotiations with Israel…

Washington should ensure that all parties understand that peace negotiations will be a long, arduous, incremental process. Initially, negotiations should focus on step-by-step measures to rebuild the mutual trust shattered by Arafat’s policies.

Washington should help facilitate Palestinian cooperation with Sharon’s proposed withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, scheduled for later this year. And it should do what it can to help Abbas build support for peace among his people.

But it must accept that Abbas isn’t in a position to move rapidly on negotiations in the coming months. Long-overdue Palestinian reforms and an irreversible break with Arafat’s legacy of terrorism and treachery must come before any peace agreement can be negotiated.”

“Peace – One Step at a Time,” The Heritage Foundation, Jan. 20, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
  • Former Research Fellow, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, The Heritage Foundation
  • Former Research Fellow, Congressional Research Service and the East-West Center
  • Editorial Board Member, Middle East Quarterly
Education:
  • MALD, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • MA, Tufts University, International Security Studies
  • BA, Brown Universtiy
Other:
  • None found