Barak and Arafat Meet in Gaza: Is the peace process back on track?

Monday, July 12, 1999

Who: Charles Hill, Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and expert on international relations. Hill's other professional activities include serving as the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Consultant in Policy to the Secretary General of the United Nations and also as Career Minister, Foreign Service of the United States. Previously, Hill was Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East (1982), Chief of Staff for the Department of State (1983-1985) and Executive aide to Secretary of State George Shultz (1985-1989). Hill was in the Middle East in 1978, where he was deputy director of the Israel desk; in 1979 he became political counselor for the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. In 1981, he was named director of Israel and Arab-Israeli affairs, and in 1982 he served as deputy assistant secretary for the Middle East.

Abraham D. Sofaer, George P. Shultz Senior Fellow, served as legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State from 1985 to 1990. He has also concentrated, and continues working, on issues related to international law, terrorism, diplomacy, national security and water resources. Sofaer was appointed U.S. district judge in the Southern District of New York, where he served from 1979 to 1985. He has also been a professor of law at Columbia University School of Law, a New York State administrative judge, and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. After leaving the Department of State, Sofaer practiced law at the firm of Hughes, Hubbard and Reed in Washington, D.C. from 1990 to 1994.

What: Available to discuss:

  • The future for Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
  • How quickly will the Wye River memorandum go back into effect?
  • Will Palestinian demands for an end to West Bank produce tensions in Barak's coalition?

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