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Re-Engaging Gaza: Looking Beyond Politics Toward the Future


Institute For Middle East Studies

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together a diverse group of scholars, journalists, and practitioners to discuss the complex contemporary issues facing the Gaza Strip. Looking beyond the dominant media and policy discourses, presenters will analyze issues of physical infrastructure, the dynamics of the public sphere and everyday politics, and the problematics of US policy. Our aim is to examine both the long-term structural issues and the ordinary daily obstacles facing the residents of Gaza and highlight the ways that individuals and institutions seek to circumvent or overcome these challenges.


Conference Schedule
8:30AM-9:00AM Participant Registration & Coffee

9:00AM-9:10AM Welcome Remarks from IMES Director Nathan Brown

9:15AM-10:45AM Panel I: Infrastructure in Gaza
Moderator: Stephen Bennett
Panelists: Bill Corcoran

10:45AM-11:00AM Coffee Break

11:00AM-12:30PM Panel II: Politics in Gaza
Moderator: Dina Khoury
Panelists: Rania Khalek, Ghaith al-Omari

12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch

1:30PM-3:00PM Panel III: Situation on the Ground in Gaza
Moderator: Shira Robinson
Panelists: Tareq Baconi, Jehad Abusalim

3:00PM-3:15PM Coffee Break

3:15PM-4:45PM Policy Response
Moderator: Perry Cammack
Panelists: Robert Danin, Paul Pillar, Michele Dunne, Ilana Feldman