Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center will be hosting a webinar, “Saving Gaza, Fighting for Peace: Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," on 26 May 2021, 6 PM - 9 PM, Philippine Standard Time (GMT + 8) via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, but participants are required to sign in using an authenticated Zoom account.

The Failure of Conflict Management and the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The aftermath of the 4th Israel-Hamas War

This presentation will discuss the following: historical context (Hamas, Netanyahu); theoretical distinction between conflict management and resolution; immediate causes of the war; options (for Israel); misperceptions in Israel, USA, Hamas, and the region; what’s next; and the continuing relevance of the Two-State Solution.

About the Presenter

Several speakers were invited but confirmed to give a presentation is Professor Arie Kacowicz, who has been teaching in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the last 28 years; he is the author of five books, most of them related to peace studies; and editor or co-editor of five books. His areas of interest include peace studies; the Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process; globalization and global governance; international relations of Latin America. He is the author of, among other works, "Rashomon in Jerusalem: Mapping the Israeli Negotiators' Position in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, 1993-2001," International Studies Perspectives 6: 252–273. View full profile.


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      • Attendance is first-come, first-served. The webinar can only accommodate 500.
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      • Questions may be typed via the Q&A panel. You may choose to remain anonymous. The panelists will answer them, if they wish, privately. 
      • The host(s) reserves the right to remove participants who send rude, inappropriate questions or messages.

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D.  program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here