11.06.2006

The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood — Discussion with Rashid Khalidi

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Date/Time: 06/11/2006 12:00 am


This event is presented with Alwan:
Book Reading and Discussion with Rashid Khalidi
Monday, November 6, 2006. 7 PM
Open and Free to the Public
The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood,
Beacon Press, 2006
In /Resurrecting Empire,/ Rashid Khalidi dissected the failures of
colonial policy over the entire span of the modern history of the
Middle East, predicted the meltdown in Iraq that we are now
witnessing with increasing horror, and offered viable alternatives
for achieving peace in the region. His newest book, /The Iron Cage,/
hones in on Palestinian politics and history. Once again Khalidi
draws on a wealth of experience and scholarship to elucidate the
current conflict, using history to provide a clear-eyed view of the
situation today.
The story of the Palestinian search to establish a state begins in
the era of British control over Palestine and stretches between the
two world wars, when colonial control of the region became
increasingly unpopular and power began to shift toward the United
States. In this crucial period, and in the years immediately
following World War II, Palestinian leaders were unable to achieve
the long-cherished goal of establishing an independent state-a
critical failure that throws a bright light on the efforts of the
Palestinians to create a state in the many decades since 1948. By
frankly discussing the reasons behind this failure, Khalidi offers a
much-needed perspective for anyone concerned about peace in the
Middle East.
Rashid Khalidi, author of /Resurrecting Empire;/ /Origins of Arab
Nationalism; Under Siege;/ and the award-winning /Palestinian
Identity/-is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies and director of
the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. He has written more
than seventy-five articles on aspects of Middle East history and
politics including pieces in the /New York Times,/ the /Boston
Globe,/ the /Los Angeles Times,/ the /Chicago Tribune,/ and many
journals. Professor Khalidi has received fellowships and grants from
the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford
Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the
American Research Center in Egypt, and the Rockefeller Foundation; he
was also the recipient of a Fulbright research award. Professor
Khalidi has been a regular guest on numerous radio and TV shows,
including /All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Morning
Edition, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,/ and /Nightline./
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