[R6490] New Directions in the Study of Palestinian Politics

Created by Nathaniel Shils
Friday, 12/03/21 2:00 pm


The years of the Trump administration saw the exacerbation of political trends that had already been building on the ground in Palestine and will not disappear with the Biden presidency. Although the Oslo process has been declared “dead” by many for more than two decades, the diagnosis of being in a post-Oslo era has proliferated as the tensions between the reality on the ground and diplomatic rhetoric of commitment to a two-state solution have intensified. This situation has reinvigorated lively debates about political alternatives, indicative of which have been the multitude of events hosted by think tanks and other organizations about what comes after Oslo. The implications of the current situation for scholarly research agendas have received far less attention. Scholarship can do more than merely document the past; it can contribute to making sense of ongoing changes and assessing future possibilities. But to do so, scholars need to ask new questions and develop new research agendas that reflect the changing political realities. Generations of scholarship were informed by assumptions related to the peace process and its horizons, and today new coordinates need to be developed. Although a “one-state reality” has gained traction as an analytic and political paradigm, the implications have not been sufficiently developed and other alternatives also demand exploration.

Amidst the uncertainties of the current moment, the participants in this roundtable will step back from the short-term perspectives of much recent commentary to discuss how the political situation should inform scholarly research agendas and what scholars can contribute to interpretation of the present and assessment of future possibilities. What should scholars of Palestinian politics be studying at this historical juncture and why? What research agendas should be developed and what questions should guide them? Given differing timelines, resources, and professional pressures, how should future scholarship be designed to complement the output of think tanks and other advocacy organizations? The participants will address what they think is needed in research focused directly on Palestinian politics, what avenues of comparative research would be productive, and what theoretical and conceptual approaches are appropriate in relation to current political realities.


Pol Science; Pol Science



Diana Greenwald

(City College of New York, CUNY)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Khaled Elgindy

(Georgetown University)
Khaled Elgindy is director of the Middle East Institute’s Program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs and adjunct instructor in Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He is the author of the new book, Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians,...
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Dana El Kurd

(University of Richmond)
Dana El Kurd is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in authoritarian regime persistence in the Arab world.
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Tareq Baconi

(International Crisis Group)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Nathaniel Shils

(University of Pennsylvania)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;