Key Historical Lessons for the Obama Administration in their Pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

with Rashid Khalidi
Wednesday, April 1, 2009



Recommended Reading/Viewing:

A Conversation with Rashid Khalidi," Charlie Rose Show, March 3, 2009. 

Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East. Beacon. 2009.

Obama's 'Palestinian friend' laments catastrophic U.S. policy in Mideast by Akiva Eldar. Haaretz. December 6, 2008.

Palestine: Liberation Deferred by Rashid Khalidi. The Nation. May 8, 2008.


Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. From 1987 to 2003, he was the Professor of Middle East History and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago. He has also held teaching positions at the Lebanese University, American University of Beirut, and Georgetown University.

Khalidi is the author of many scholarly articles and books on various  aspects of Middle East history and politics. His book, Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National  Consciousness, won the  Middle East Studies Association's prize for  best book in 1997.  His most recent book is Sowing Crisis: American   Dominance and the Cold  War in the Middle East (2009).  Other books  include: The Iron Cage:  The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for  Statehood (2006);  Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and  America's Perilous Path  in  the Middle East (2004); and Under  Siege: PLO Decision-Making   During the 1982 War (1986).

He has written more than 90 articles on Middle Eastern history and politics, including pieces in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune.

Khalidi received a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Modern History from Oxford University in 1974.

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