A lecture by Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestine Liberation Organization representative to the US
In the past, negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians have exhibited shortcomings and flaws, focusing on the process rather than the substance. Both sides were distracted by the daily events and failed to address the core issues. In assessing the process that started in 1991, the Palestinians have learned that putting an end to the conflict requires a different approach that deals directly with all permanent status issues. In his presentation, Ambassador Maen Areikat will address the myths surrounding the negotiations as well the lessons learned from previous rounds of negotiations, the current situation on the ground and the prerequisites needed to realize a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East and the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state.
Maen Rashid Areikat was born October 12, 1960 in Jericho in the occupied West Bank.
Prior to his appointment to Washington, Ambassador Areikat served for 11 years at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the PLO in Ramallah, most recently as its Deputy Head and Coordinator-General (2008-2009). Ambassador Areikat first joined NAD in 1998, when it was headed by current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), and served as its Director-General until March 2008. In addition to overseeing NAD’s day-to-day operations, Ambassador Areikat was responsible for overseeing the work of the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU), which provides legal, policy, communication and technical support to Palestinian Negotiating Teams and to the Palestinian Leadership
Prior to his service at NAD, Ambassador Areikat spent six years at Orient House (1993-1998), the headquarters of the PLO in Jerusalem and of the Palestinian Negotiating Team to the Madrid peace talks. While at Orient House, he served as spokesperson for the late Mr. Faisal Husseini, former PLO Executive Committee member in charge of Jerusalem Affairs, and later as Desk Officer for the U.S., Canada, Australia and South Africa in Orient House’s International Relations Department. Ambassador Areikat previously took part in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations at Beit Hanoun/Erez in Gaza and Taba in Egypt in 1996, in Jerusalem in 1997 and was an official member of the Palestinian delegation at the Wye River negotiations in 1998.
During the course of his career, Ambassador Areikat has traveled extensively throughout the region and abroad, including numerous official visits to Washington, DC and several European capitals, and has participated in various conferences and symposiums on the Middle East peace process and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Ambassador Areikat earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1983 and his MBA in management from Western International University in 1987. He received his diplomatic training at the Ministry of External Affairs in Ottawa, Canada in 1993 and 1994, and completed a training course in good governance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001.
Reception to follow.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor(s): UCLA International Institute
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