MENA Salon, 25 Years On: The Legacy of the Oslo Accords

Workshop | September 28 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the first Oslo Accords. The historic handshake exchanged between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, under the supervision of US President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, was anticipated to provide a timeline for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Yet, the mutual political will demonstrated during the talks could not prevent immediate bitter reaction arising among other players from both sides of the conflict. 25 years after the first Accords, the shared verdict is that the opportunity for establishing peace has been lost. In this week's MENA Salon, we aim to discuss the current condition of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the peace-process. What has been the legacy of the Oslo Accords? Was it ever a viable beginning for peace? Is "peace" possible?

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