This project aims to develop a new conceptual understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by disentangling the various conflict paradigms (e.g. settler-colonial, national, national-religious) that both parties have used to conceptualize their more than century-long conflict. It will examine: a) how Israeli, Palestinian, and international political paradigms have been applied in understanding and analyzing the conflict; b) how shifting and crisscrossing paradigms shaped Palestinian and Israeli political goals and strategies, contributed to a deadlock (both within each side and between the two sides), and impeded the advancement of a clear and bold rights-based project in which both Palestinians and Israelis are equally included; and c) the political implications of the paradigm shifts on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.
About NIAS Seminars
NIAS Seminars are aimed to stimulate scientific cross-pollination within the NIAS academic community. Attendance is by invitation only.