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Rashid Khalidi

New Texts Out Now: Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East

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Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Rashid Khalidi (RK): I had long wanted to use the large number of documents—position papers, minutes of meetings, internal memos, official proposals, and so forth—that I had collected as an advisor to the Madrid and Washington Palestinian-Israeli negotiations from 1991-1993, but I never found the right opportunity ...

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تقويم السياسة الأمريكية بين التعذر حاضرًا وترقُب الرأي العام

‏ يُقيِّم مستشار الشبكة لشؤون السياسات رشيد الخالدي موقف الولايات المتحدة إزاء فلسطين-إسرائيل في أعقاب المسعى الفلسطيني الهادف لعضوية الأمم المتحدة. رشيد الخالدي هو أستاذ كرسي إدوارد سعيد للدراسات العربية الحديثة في جامعة كولومبيا ومدير معهد الشرق الأوسط في كلية الشؤون الدولية والعامة في الجامعة، وهو أيضًا رئيس تحرير مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية. يوجّه الأستاذ الخالدي، في هذه المقابلة الموسَّعة مع مدير برامج شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية فكتور قطان، كلمات قاسية للرئيس الأمريكي ...

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Human Dignity in Jerusalem

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The lengthy history of Jerusalem is distinguished by diverse episodes of both benevolent tolerance and inhumane intolerance. For several lengthy periods, such as most of the nineteenth century, a spirit of coexistence generally characterized the holy city. On too many other occasions, it witnessed sectarian persecution and cruel massacres. Two of the most horrific of these episodes took place after Jerusalem was captured following a prolonged siege, once by the Persians in ...

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On the Possible Recognition of A Palestinian State at the United Nations

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There is much interest in what will happen regarding Palestine at the United Nations in September. Contrary to much of what has been written on this subject, this is not a matter of “declaring” Palestinian statehood. The PLO already declared the independence of Palestine in 1988. Like many things in life, this is something you can only do once. Moreover, this already proclaimed state of Palestine did not and does not enjoy sovereignty, jurisdiction or control over the ...

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A Good Week for Bibi, a Bad Week for Barack, an Opportunity for the Palestinians

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The past week in Washington was an extraordinary one. It witnessed an American president give two speeches in which he offered further concessions to Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of a country that is a client of the United States. Netanyahu challenged the President from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, effectively seeking and receiving Congress's stamp of approval on his strikingly extreme positions. This end-run around the US Executive Branch followed an invitation ...

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Preliminary Historical Observations on the Arab Revolutions of 2011

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Towards the end of his long, eventful life, in 1402, the renowned Arab historian Ibn Khaldun was in Damascus. He left us a description of Taymur’s siege of the city and of his meeting with the world conqueror. None of us is Ibn Khaldun, but any Arab historian today watching the Arab revolutions of 2011 has the sense of awe that our forbear must have had as we witness a great turning in world affairs. This juncture may be unprecedented in modern Arab history. Suddenly, ...

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Rashid Khalidi



Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies in the Department of History at Columbia University. He has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Georgetown University, and at the University of Chicago, and is past President of the Middle East Studies Association. His books include Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004); and Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1997; reissued 2010), and he is the author of over a hundred articles on Middle Eastern history. His latest book is Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013).