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100yrs after Balfour Declaration, 70yrs after Partition Plan

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100yrs after Balfour Declaration, 70yrs after Partition Plan


100 Years after the Balfour Declaration and 70 Years after the Partition Plan

Through an examination of these two historical events, the Balfour Declaration and the UN partition resolution as well as their consequences, this conference aims, in retrospect, to understand the current reality and the policies that govern or influence it. The discussion will also address the roots of this reality and ask whether they date back to the period of these two events that we commemorate. In other words, we ask: What are the connections between the present and the past, and what are the constants and variables?

Organized by the Institute for Palestine Studies and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Full Agenda
Arabic agenda: http://website.aub.edu.lb/ifi/Documents/events/2017-2018/20171213_balfour_declaration_agenda_arabic.pdf

December 13th - 14th, 2017
8:30AM - 6:30PM
Issam Fares Institute Auditorium, AUB (Green Oval)

Wednesday, Dec 13
8:30-9:00
Registration

9:00-9:20
Welcome - Opening Session
Tarek Mitri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute, AUB, and Chairman of the IPS Board of Trustees

9:20-9:30
About the Conference
Maher Charif, Senior Researcher at IPS

9:30-10:00
Walid Khalidi and the Historiography of the Nakba
Bayan Noueihed al-Hout, Researcher & Historian


Session I: National Liberation, International Law, and International Legitimacy
Chair: Tarek Mitri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute, AUB, and Chairman of the IPS Board of Trustees

10:00-10:30
Does International Law Serve the Demands of Occupied Nations? Noura Erakat, Assistant Professor at George Mason University

10:30-11:00
International Legitimacy and Breaches of International Law
Anis Fawzi Kassem, Attorney & Member of the Jordan Bar Association

11:00-11:30
Discussion

11:30-12:00
Coffee Break

Session II: International Legitimacy and Britain’s Responsibility for the Palestinian Tragedy
Chair: Leila Chahid, Member of the Board of Trustees, IPS & Birzeit University

12:00-12:30
The Balfour Declaration in British Archives, 1923: A Reassessment Sahar Huneidi, Director of East-West Publishing

12:30-13:00
Discussion

13:00-14:00
Lunch Break

14:00-14:30
The Palestine Partition Plan in the Context of International Conflict over the Region
Eugene Rogan, Professor of Middle Eastern History, University of Oxford

14:30-15:00
The Palestine Partition Plan and Legality of the Establishment of the State of Israel
Shafic Masri, Professor of International Law

15:00-15:30
Palestinian Statehood: From the Partition Plan to Striving for Admission at the UN
Camille Mansour, Secretary-General of the IPS Board of Trustees
(via Skype)

15:30-16:00
Discussion

Thursday, Dec 14
Session III: Zionism and Israel: Their Relationship to Colonialism
Chair: Muhammad Ali Khalidi, Chair of the IPS Research Committee

9:30-10:00
Settler Colonialism, a Blind Spot: French Journalists and Writers in Palestine in the 1920s
Alain Gresh, French Journalist and Former Editor of Le Monde Diplomatique

10:00-10:30
The Zionist Movement: What Does It Owe the Balfour Declaration? Dominique Vidal, Journalist & Historian

10:30-11:00
Discussion

11:00-11:30
Coffee Break

11:30-12:00
The Ambivalent Zionist Project
Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies and International Relations, SOAS, University of London

12:00-12:30
Zionism and Israel and Their Relationship to Colonialism: The Accumulation of Colonial Projects on Palestine since 1917
Mudar Kassis, Faculty Member at Birzeit University
(via Skype)

12:30-13:00
Discussion

13:00-14:30
Lunch Break

Session IV: The Arab Reaction to the Balfour Declaration and the Partition Plan
Chair: Beshara Doumani, Professor of History and Director of Middle East Studies

14:30-15:00
The Balfour Declaration from the Perspective of its Victims
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University

15:00-15:30
From Arab Nationalism to Palestinian Nationalism
Maher Charif, Senior Researcher at IPS

15:30-16:00
Positions of the Palestinian National Movement Leadership on British Autonomy Plans and the Partition Resolution
Khalid Hroub, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Arab Media Studies at Northwestern University, Qatar

16:00-16:30
The Official Arab System and the Partition Resolution
Hassan Krayem, Lecturer in Politics at AUB, and UNDP Governance Policy Specialist

16:30-17:00
Discussion

17:00-17:30
Coffee Break

17:30-18:30
Roundtable Discussion: The Palestinian Nakba: A Never-Ending Process
Presenter and Chair: Elias Khoury, Lebanese Writer and Novelist



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