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Two decades after the Oslo Accords, the prospects for the creation and stabilization of a viable Palestinian state seem as distant as ever. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is in the ninth year of his four-year term, ruling the West Bank without democratic legitimacy. The lack of legitimacy, coupled with endemic corruption within and around the ruling Fatah party, make it far from clear that a modern economically viable state could take hold in the territory.
The Palestinian Authority also purports to rule the Gaza Strip, a territory now ruled by Fatah's rival Hamas. This dynamic - two separate territories contested by two opposing governments - makes a failed state even more likely.
The latest book by Jonathan Schanzer, "State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State," outlines the domestic challenges that have complicated the Palestinian statehood push since the era of PLO chairman Yasser Arafat. Schanzer, the vice president of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is a leading expert on Palestinian affairs. His previous book, “Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine,” is still the only book on the market that chronicles the Palestinian civil war.
Please join The Israel Project for a conference call with Dr. Schanzer onTuesday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss both his new book "State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State" and how policymakers must now approach the Middle East in general and the peace process in particular.
About The Speaker
JONATHAN SCHANZER is Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is the author of P@lestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media (FDD Press, 2010), Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror (WINEP, 2004). Previously, he was worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Middle East Forum. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Schanzer served as a counterterrorism analyst for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He earned his PhD from King's College London.