Saeb Erekat’s Life Was Dedicated to Preventing Peace

Nov. 16 2020

Saeb Erekat, who served as one of the PLO’s leading negotiators from the 1991 Madrid peace conference through the talks between Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert in 2007-8, and remained one of the group’s most prominent spokesmen, died last week of complications related to COVID-19. In an article for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, seven American former foreign-policy poohbahs—including the would-be peacemaker Dennis Ross and the Obama-administration Middle East adviser Robert Malley—joined together to eulogize Erekat, writing that he “deeply believed in dialogue and reconciliation with Israelis, eschewed violence, and lived his life accordingly.”

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More about: Ehud Olmert, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Peace Process, Saeb Erekat

How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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Read more at Washington Institute for Near East Policy

More about: Arab democracy, Human Rights, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy