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Osamah Khalil

Oslo's Roots: Kissinger, the PLO, and the Peace Process

[President Richard Nixon, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, meeting in the Oval Office. Image by Oliver F. Atkins.]

Overview U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s highly publicized efforts to foster negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. The conventional wisdom is that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) -- weakened and on the verge of bankruptcy after the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf War -- signed the Oslo Accords to stave off the emergence of an alternate leadership from the occupied Palestinian ...

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Osamah Khalil


Osamah Khalil is a co-founder and former co-director of Al-Shabaka. He is Assistant Professor of U.S. and Middle East History at Syracuse University.