Unofficial Contributions to Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking and Peacebuilding
Herbert C. Kelman

The session will begin with a description of interactive problem solving, an unofficial, academically-based approach to the resolution of international/intercommunal conflicts that I have applied to the Israeli-Palestinian case since the early 1970s. The approach involves private, confidential discussions between politically influential Israelis and Palestinians, designed to develop ideas for resolving the conflict in ways that address the needs, concerns, and fears of both parties. Discussion will focus on the contributions of this and other unofficial approaches to conflict resolution to the peace process over the years, and on their potential contributions to reviving the process in the current environment.

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