Public lecture: The Fourth Stage of the Arab-Israel Conflict

University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs presents a public lecture: The Fourth Stage of the Arab-Israel Conflict, with Dr. Alan Dowty


DATE: 2011.03.21 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

LOCATION/LIEU: Desmarais Building, Room 3120, 55 Laurier avenue East

INFORMATION: Email api@uottawa.ca for more information. Registration is not required.

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has passed through three major stages since its origins in nineteenth-century Ottoman Turkey: from a collision between two communities in Palestine, to an interstate conflict between Israel and Arab states, to the re-emergence of the Palestinians as the major actor opposite Israel. Since the turn of the 21st century a fourth stage appears to be emerging, rooted in religious militancy, the rise of non-state actors, and changes in the nature of warfare. This development complicates chances of reaching a two-state settlement of the conflict. The talk will analyze the nature and challenges of the “Fourth Stage” and will also address the impact that recent events in the Middle East might have on the Arab-Israeli peace process.

Alan Dowty is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, and Senior Associate for Middle East Studies of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, at the University of Notre Dame. In 1963-1975 he was on the faculty of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, during which time he served as Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations and Chairman of the Department of International Relations. Professor Dowty has published widely on the Arab-Israel conflict, Israeli politics, U.S. foreign policy, weapons of mass destruction, international freedom of movement, and international enforcement. He has published over 130 scholarly and popular articles and reviews, and has delivered over 500 public lectures in 19 countries.