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Panel on the Palestinian Application for Statehood at the United Nations

Thursday, October 6, 2011
12:00 AM
Koessler Room, Michigan League, 911 N. University (3rd Floor)

"Later this month, the Palestinian Authority plans to petition the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly for statehood, after countless years of failed negotiations with Israel and third parties. There will be vast implications to an application for statehood by the P.A., whether it is successful or not, both nationally and internationally. Join the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and the International Policy Center of the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy for a panel discussion on the impacts of the U.N.’s decision on Palestine on peace efforts, the Palestinian and Israeli people, and the region in general. Where do we go from here?"
Panelists: • Steven Ratner, the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Ratner teaches and researches public international law on a range of challenges facing governments and international institutions since the Cold War, including ethnic conflict, border disputes, counter-terrorism strategies, corporate and state duties regarding foreign investment, and accountability for human rights violations. Professor Ratner has extensive experience with the inner workings of the United Nations in both the academic and professional realms. Aaron Ahuvia, Professor of Marketing at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Professor Ahuvia has taught or consulted both nationally and internationally, including, but not limited to, Jordan, Italy, Spain, Yemen, and Israel. The U.S. government recently awarded Professor Ahuvia a $250,000 grant to promote entrepreneurship in Yemen, and a $300,000 grant to improve business education in Libya, which is the first US Government grant for work in Libya since the removal of sanctions. Hani Bawardi, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan -- Dearborn. Professor Bawardi teaches in the Social Sciences Department and the Center for Arab American Studies. Professor Bawardi's courses cover Islam, Arab American studies, and U.S. history.