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Virginia Tilley, PhD Biography

Title:
Department Chair and Professor of the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The two-state option has been eliminated as a practical solution in two senses. First and most graphically, Jewish settlements have carved Palestinian territory into a vestige too small to sustain a viable national society… Even if most settlers claimed they would leave in exchange for financial compensation (as some surveys indicated), this massive grid’s economic, political, and demographic weight rendered it a politically immoveable object…

The second sense in which the two-state solution has died is that even if a Palestinian ‘state’ were declared in this dismembered enclave, it can bring only continuing instability. The resulting Palestinian statelet would be blocked off physically from the Israeli economy, its major cities would be cut off from each other, and its government would be unable to control the territory’s water resources, develop its agriculture, or manage its trade with neighboring states…

[T]he one-state solution, would resolve the entire conflict in one magisterial gesture and is already an impending reality. It would absorb all the entrenched populations between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River into one unified state…

[The] one-state option must therefore be brought onto the table: some way must be found to make sense of Israeli-Palestinian interdependence by consolidating the land into one democratic state, which will serve all its citizens equally and in which the Jewish national home can find a new and more secure configuration no longer requiring a Jewish majority or Jewish ethnic dominion over the state.”

The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Department Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • Director and Associate Professor, Governance Program, School of Government, Development and International Affairs, University of the South Pacific at Suva (Fiji), July 2011-June 2014
  • Chief Research Specialist, Democracy and Governance Programme, Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, Johannesburg and Cape Town, Jan. 2006-June 2011
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Studies, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 2005-Jan. 2006
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2003-2005
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1997-2003
  • Teaching Fellow, Political Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996-1997
  • Project Fellow, Political Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
  • Editorial Assistant, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993-1994
  • Coordinator, Office of the NACC/North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine, 1991-1992
  • Assistant Director, Indigenous Peoples Program, EAFORD/ International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1988-1991
  • Assistant Editor, Without Prejudice: The EAFORD International Journal of Racial Discrimination, 1988-1990
  • Project Supervisor, Jerusalem Institute, 1986-1987
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
  • MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
  • MA, Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1988
  • BA, Political Science, Antioch College, 1985
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?