October 30, 2021, marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Madrid Conference of 1991, a Middle East peace conference hosted by Spain and cosponsored by the United States and Russia. The conference was an attempt to revive Arab-Israeli peace negotiations by bringing the different parties together—Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinians—before branching off into bilateral talks. While the accomplishments of the Madrid conference fell short of “put[ting] an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict,” as the late U.S. president George H.W. Bush had promised at the time, the historical significance of the conference cannot be understated, given that it was followed by the Oslo Accords and the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, both signed in the early 1990s.
How can we assess Madrid today, given the breakdown in Palestinian-Israeli and Syrian-Israeli negotiations and the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000? Is a two-state solution still viable? Or should another framework be sought between Palestinians and Israelis that may bring an end to their longstanding conflict? What are the prospects for peace between Syria and Israel given Washington’s recognition in March 2019 of Israel’s annexation of the occupied Golan Heights?
Join us on Monday, October 25 from 16:00-17:00 Beirut time (9:00-10:00 EST) for a public panel discussion with Marwan Muasher, Hanane Ashrawi, Zaha Hassan and Nur Arafeh to revisit the Madrid talks.
The discussion will be held in English. Viewers may submit their questions for the panelists using the Live Chat feature on Facebook and YouTube during the event. For more information, please contact Josiane Matar at Josiane.firstname.lastname@example.org.