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The One State Reality: What is Israel/Palestine?

The one state reality


The event will be held in-person (1957 E St NW, Room 602, Washington, DC 20052) and live-streamed, beginning with a co-editors panel and ending with a moderated Q&A with the audience. The join instructions and Zoom link are included in your registration confirmation. Light refreshments will be served.

About the Book

The One State Reality: What Is Israel/Palestine? argues that a one state reality already predominates in the territories controlled by the state of Israel. The editors show that starting with the one state reality rather than hoping for a two state solution reshapes how we regard the conflict, what we consider acceptable and unacceptable solutions, and how we discuss difficult normative questions. The book forces a reconsideration of foundational concepts such as state, sovereignty, and nation; encourages different readings of history; shifts conversation about solutions from two states to alternatives that borrow from other political contexts; and provides context for confronting uncomfortable questions such as whether Israel/Palestine is an “apartheid state.”


  • Michael Barnett is a University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University. His work focuses on the Middle East, humanitarianism, and global governance. He has authored many books, including Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda and Dialogues in Arab Politics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the recipient of many awards for his research.

  • Nathan Brown is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. He has previously served as president of the Middle East Studies Association, and was named a Guggenheim Fellow. His work focuses on Middle Eastern politics, authoritarianism, and religion and politics. Dr. Brown currently serves on the board of trustees at the American University in Cairo and has also authored many books, including Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics.

  • Marc Lynch is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) at the Elliott School. He is a contributing editor of the Columbia University Press series Columbia Studies on Middle East Politics, and his work focuses on Middle East politics, Arab media and public opinion, and public diplomacy. He has published many books, including The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East. Dr. Lynch will also be acting as the moderator.

  • Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, and the Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll. He is also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including his best-selling The Stakes: America and the Middle East, which was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003; The World Through Arab Eyes, 2013; and the forthcoming Peace Derailed: Obama, Trump, Biden, and the Decline of Diplomacy on Israel/Palestine, 2011-2022 (co-authored).

  • Alyssa Ayres is the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her work focuses primarily on India’s role in the world and U.S. relations with South Asia in the larger Indo-Pacific, and she has published Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World (Oxford University Press, 2018). Before joining the Elliott School, she was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia under the Obama administration. She holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago.