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Why Have U.S. Efforts to Deliver Israeli-Palestinian Peace Failed?

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With illegal Israeli settlement construction ongoing, American attempts to impose a settlement freeze and revive the long-faltering peace process have thus far proved unsuccessful. Will the Obama administration crack the code for achieving a lasting peace in the Mideast or will the impasse continue indefinitely?

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Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and the author of six books on Palestinian history and American foreign policy in the Middle East, Including Palestinian Identity and Resurrecting Empire. Khalidi is a former advisor to Palestinian negotiators at the Madrid and Washington peace talks and currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies.

John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago. Professor Mearsheimer has written extensively about security issues and international politics. Among his five published books is The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (with Stephen M. Walt, 2007), which made the New York Times best seller list and has been translated into nineteen different languages.

Yousef Munayyer (Guest Moderator) is the Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund and the Palestine Center in Washington D.C. and is a frequent commentator on matters of U.S. foreign policy in the Arab and Muslim world. His op-eds have appeared in regularly in numerous national newspapers.

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