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Shibley Telhami, PhD Biography

Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“The two-state solution is under assault — elites, especially on the Palestinian side, are losing faith in its viability, and even its desirability — as the Palestinian Territories fragment socially, economically and territorially and as Israeli settlements continue to grow in the West Bank. The United States cannot let it collapse. It is the only realistic alternative since the Israelis will not accept a one-state solution and the Palestinians will not acquiesce in their conditions. The collapse of the two-state option would stress Israeli relations with all its neighbors and test its peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. Indeed, it could lead to another Palestinian Intifada, fuel militancy and have serious ramifications for Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. The impact would be felt beyond the region, as the Palestinian issue remains the prism through which many Arabs and Muslims view the world.”

“The Only Solution,” New York Times, Jan. 12, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
  • Nonresident Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Foreign Policy Studies
  • Area of Focus: Arab-Israeli conflict, ethnic conflict, international negotiations, media and political identity, Palestinian and Israeli politics, Persian Gulf politics, U.S. policy in the Middle East
  • Member of the U.S. delegation to the Trilateral US-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee, which was mandated by the 1998 Wye River Agreements
  • Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, 1990-1991
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Board Member, Human Rights Watch
  • Board Member, Education for Employment Foundation
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1986
  • MA, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 1978
  • BA, Queens College of the City University of New York, 1974
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