Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Stability of the Middle East

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Stability of the Middle East

The American story in the Arab-Israeli conflict began in 1947 with the creation and then recognition of the Jewish state. Since then, the United States has been in some way involved in helping to resolve the conflicts between Israel and Palestine in hopes that it would help stabilize the region. The Bush Administration took a different approach: disengagement. America Abroad takes a deeper look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the different approaches to peace in the Middle East. 

Guests on this program include:

  • Adam Garfinkle, editor of The American Interest
  • Josef Joffe, editor and publisher of Die Zeit
  • Rashid Khalidi, director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs
  • Hisham Melhem, Washington based correspondent for Al-Arabiya
  • Steven Spiegel, Director of the Middle East Regional Security Program at UCLA
  • Dennis Ross, principle Middle East negotiator under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton
  • Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli Foreign Minister
  • Saeb Erekat, former chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee
  • Robert Malley, Program Director for Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group
  • David Makovsky, senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Project on the Middle East Peace Process
  • Edward Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University
  • Aaron Miller, public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center
Segment 1

Ray Suarez takes a deeper look at the importance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and stability in the Middle East.

Segment 2

Garrick Utley narrates an archival tour of the history of America’s role in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Segment 3

Steve Roberts looks back at the Oslo peace process from 1993 to the Camp David summit in 2000.

Segment 4

Margaret Warner explores the Clinton and Bush administrations’ differing approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the American role in resolving it.