This month the World Affairs Council is dedicating three programs to the Middle East peace process with the intent of providing three very different perspectives. The first will come from Ambassador Hossam Zaki, Senior Political Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. The Council will welcome Ambassador Zaki this Thursday, October 15 at noon. Egypt has been a primary member of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, and has also been serving as an intermediary between Hamas and Fatah with the goal of forming a Palestinian unity government.
Our second event will feature former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on October 22 at 6:30 PM. The Council will also host a counterpoint perspective with PLO Representative Maen Areikat on October 27 also at 6:30 PM. The BBC published an interview yesterday with Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Foreign Minister, who discussed the prospects of an early solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You can read it here.
In addition to these programs, the Council will also welcome Dalia Mogahed, Senior Analyst and Executive Director at the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, on October 21 at noon. She will present findings from Gallup’s largest study of Muslims. The results challenge conventional wisdom and shed greater light on what motivates Muslims worldwide, whose population is now measured at 1.57 billion.