Is the New Middle East Peace Process Really Going to Work? – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Is the New Middle East Peace Process Really Going to Work?

Internationally recognized expert brings his insight to HWS
(February 9, 2005) Geneva, N.Y. — Can Israel find a future in democratization, as South Africa did, instead of the much-sought two-state solution? In presenting his analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Steven Friedman draws on 30 years of experience in his native South Africa as an activist, journalist, researcher and political theorist. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Friedman will give a talk titled “A Second Miracle? The South African Transition and the Middle East Conflict” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, in the Geneva Room. The talk is free and the public is invited.

An internationally recognized expert on apartheid and South Africa's transition to democracy, Friedman wrote the definitive book on the labor movement in South Africa, “The Long Journey: South Africa's Quest for a Negotiated Settlement.” He is former director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently a senior research fellow there. Friedman brings a unique perspective to his assessment of the Middle East conflict and Israel's future.

“We are really lucky to have him here. It's not often you find a top-flight political analyst able to talk about Africa, the Middle East, Judaism, Zionism and ethnic conflict all in one package like this,” says Virginia Tilley, associate professor of political science at HWS.

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