Based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork that was carried out in Dheishe in 2003 and 2004, Gren discusses naming practices in the Palestinian refugee camp as a way of community formation and political empowerment.
Prime Minister of Palestine Salam Fayyad wants to build the institutional foundations of a Palestinian state by 2011. Improved security in the West Bank, and Israel’s easing of some checkpoints, has boosted the effort by strengthening the West Bank’s economy. This Policy Brief asks whether this muted economic revival can be deepened and sustained in the absence of a peace agreement with Israel or a unified Palestinian leadership.
At a time when so much of the news about the region is focused on instability and violence, this special edition of the Middle East Institute’s Viewpoints series on “The State of the Arts in the Middle East” surveys the landscape of creative artistic endeavors.
In the second of these special editions of Viewpoints, we turn our attention to the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty in Washington, DC on March 26, 1979. The treaty inaugurated an official peace between the two countries that had gone to war four times since Israel’s founding. This issue of Viewpoints examines the mixed results and legacy of the bold steps towards peace that were taken 30 years ago this month.
The Jordan River, a legendary crossroads between three continents, is threatened by political, economic, and cultural conflict; revival of the river goes hand-in-hand with a successful resolution of the peace process.
Many Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians are convinced that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is intractable because neither side has abandoned the goal of defeating the other, and neither really believes in compromise. This is a myth.