MEPC 2017 Programme

9:00 Registration
9:30 – 9:45 Director’s Welcome
9:45 – 10:45 Keynote speaker 1:
H.E. Ambassador Manuel Hassassian
Palestinian Ambassador to the UK
10:45 – 10:55 Convenience Break
10:55 – 12:15 Panel 1: The History and Future of the 2-State Solution
Chair: Professor Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies; Director, Olive Tree Programme (City University)

1. The Two-State Solution is Dead, Long Live the Two-State Solution
Dr. Allison Hodgkins (American University in Cairo)
[via Skype]

2. Prehistoric Arab-Israel Conflicts and Myriad Factors: A Critique to the Contrivances of Optimistic Conflict Resolution
Mr. Nazmul Islam (Yildirim Beyazit University)
[Video Presentation]

3. Creating a Two-State Reality: Towards a Hybrid Strategy
Mr. James Sorene & Professor Alan Johnson (BICOM)

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:30

Panel 2: Regional, Foreign, and International Perspectives
Chair: Dr. Sen Dervish, CSIPS Research Fellow

1. Can conflict-management be effective in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict? The inaccurate comparison with the issue of occupation and division of Cyprus
Dr. Themistoklis Tzimas (University of Macedona, Greece)
[via Skype]

2. Primary responsibility for maintaining peace: the UN Security Council’s power to impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Dr. Miguel Manero (University of Macao)

3. The Prospects for the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: The Role of the Wider Region
Dr. Parshuram Sial (Jawahar Lal Nehru College)

14:30 – 15:30 Keynote speaker 2:
The Lord Turnberg
President, All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group
15:30 – 15:40 Convenience Break
15:40 – 16:55 Panel 3: A Third Way – Models and Theories
ChairDr. Maria Holt, Reader in Politics and International Relations (University of Westminster)

1. A Third Way: One Homeland, Two States
Dr. Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary University London)

2. A Federal Solution for Israel/Palestine: the Belgian Model
Mr. Karel Reybrouk (Leuven Centre for Public Law)

3. Can Asymmetrical Constitutional Arrangements Provide an Alternative Answer for the Disputed?
Ms. Maja Sahadzic (University of Antwerp)

16:55 – 17:00 Closing Comments