CSIPS Middle East Peace Conference Press Release

CSIPS to Host Palestinian Ambassador to UK and President of Britain-Israel APPG on Solutions to Israel-Palestinian Conflict

The Centre for International Peace and Security will hold an international conference from 09:30 – 17:00 on May 12th, 2017, at which H.E. Manuel Hassassian (Palestinian Ambassador to the UK) and the Lord Turnberg (President of the All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group) will deliver keynote speeches. The all-day conference, entitled “One State”, “Two State” and “Third Way” Solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Paving the Way to a Functional Palestinian State, will also host a variety of international academics and practitioners at the Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London. Chairs include former Director of Research at Chatham House, Professor Rosemary Hollis.

“It is vital to examine the historical origins of the Israeli-Palestine conflict since the Balfour Declaration if we are to decide whether ideas about one- or two-States offer any solutions,” said Lord Turnberg. “Efforts to resolve the differences between the parties have been many during the last 100 years yet they have always failed.  Their basic positions remain far apart even though the nature of their differences are well understood.”

At its first level, therefore, this conference seeks to examine ways in which either of these two peace plans can be revived and implemented, and asks the difficult question as to whether it is time to abandon the Two-State based roadmap for peace and find an alternative direction.

“The parameters of peace talks should extend beyond the tried and failed discourses of previous generations,” said CSIPS Director Dr. Sherif A. Elgebeily. “The issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been on-going for decades with little progress towards a satisfactory resolution. Today’s conference brings together advocates of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides and explores real, viable, and feasible avenues towards peace in the disputed Holy Lands. It represents a fresh approach to peace and security in Israel and Palestine, and new hope for their citizens.”

The conference also seeks to examine alternative methods of peace in Israel and Palestine, questioning whether it is time for the introduction of a “Third Way” and what this might entail.



CSPIS is an independent research centre based in London established in 2016 with the mission to create and support environments of peace and security in situations of conflict or instability, post-conflict or transitional conditions, and for those affected by such circumstances. At its core is a three-prong R.E.D strategy of Research, Education, and Dialogue.

Professor Manuel Hassassian is the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic representative to the United Kingdom. Prior to this he was professor of political science and held various other senior academic roles at Bethlehem University for twenty five years. In March 2015, he was awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the social driver category for his extensive work on promoting the rights of the Palestinian people as the country’s representative in the UK.

Lord Leslie Turnberg is a Labour peer, President of the All Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group and a British medical professional. At the House of Lords, Turnberg speaks frequently on medical practice, medical ethics, and the Middle East. He is also author of many publications and books related to the medical and health services fields.

Professor Rosemary Hollis is professor of Middle East Policy Studies and director of the Olive Tree Programme at City University London. Prior to this she held senior positions at Chatham House, including Director of Research and Head of the Middle East Programme, and RUSI.

Media and the public are invited to tweet @csips_org or use the hashtag #MEPC2017.

Media Accreditation Requests
To attend in person media should email their name, affiliation and telephone number to the press contact below by Thursday 11th May 2017, at 18:00 (BST)

Press Contact:
Ms. Susana Pardilla Ramirez

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