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Israel-Syria Back-Channel Peace Diplomacy

with Geoffrey Aronson
Wednesday, February 21 at 9pm ET/8pm CT/7 pm MT/6pm PT

Please join Geoffrey Aronson, a key American involved in the secret Israel-Syria talks that were revealed in January 2007.  He will discuss his involvement in a series of secret meetings in Europe between September 2004 and July 2006, in which Syrians and Israelis formulated understandings for a peace agreement between the two neighboring countries.  These talks powerfully represent the spirit of the "Let's Talk" campaign, and we are honored to have Mr. Aronson kick off the campaign with us.

TO JOIN: Dial 1-641-696-6699 within 5 minutes of the call's designated start time and then enter the access code 123432#. You are responsible only for domestic long distance charges.

QUESTIONS: The presentation will be followed by an extensive question and answer session open to all participants. Please send brief questions before or during the call to

Recommended Reading:
Israeli, Syrian representatives reach secret understandings by Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, January 26, 2007 

EU man in Syria talks met with PM's chief of staff by Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, January 22, 2007


Geoffrey Aronson is the Director of Research and Publications at the Foundation for Middle East Peace in Washington, DC. He is the Editor of the Foundation's bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories.

Aronson is the author of From Sideshow to Center Stage: US Policy towards Egypt and Israel, Palestinians, and the Occupied Territories: Creating Facts in the West Bank. He has written numerous newspaper, magazine and journal articles on Middle Eastern affairs and he writes regularly in the US for the Los Angeles Times, SF Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor, for the Arab world in Al-Hayat and Al-Wasat, and for Europe in Le Monde Diplomatique. Aronson appears frequently at symposia on a wide range of Middle East related issues and has consulted for both the World Bank and UN, and testified before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Foreign Operations in 1992 on Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Aronson graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Political Science and International Relations and obtained a M.LITT. in Modern Middle Eastern History from St. Antony's College, Oxford University, in 1984. He obtained the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust writing grant in 1982 and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, in 1984. Between 1985-1987, he was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and was awarded grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism in 1986 and 1991.

Aronson has traveled extensively throughout the Arab world, including Iran, and speaks Hebrew and French.

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