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MEPF and The Program in Judaic Studies: The Ultimate Deal or the End of the Line? The Trump Administration and the Middle East Peace Process


Institute For Middle East Studies

A year after Donald Trump boasted that he could achieve the “ultimate deal” to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the peace process is in shambles. Following Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem and the decision to cut assistance to UNRWA, the Palestinians now reject a leading U.S. role in the search for peace. Is this the end of the road, or can the parties — and Trump — find an exit ramp from this crisis?


  • Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister. Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. He remains active in Track II diplomacy related to the Middle East.