The Arab-Israeli Conflict - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

One of the longest existing conflicts of our era: we look at the roots of the conflict and trace the events and developments along the years that have led to the current reality. We also take a sneak peek at the future and examine potential solutions.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The conflict begins: The early days of the conflict were critical in its formation and trajectory. In this session will revisit these events and analyse their impact on today’s reality.
  • Independence and Nakba – The 1948 war: The 1948 war was the watershed moment of the conflict. In this session we will focus on the events of the war and their consequences, examined from different narratives and perspectives.
  • Wars and Peace: In the context of the Cold War, the 1950s, 60s and 70s have seen the outbreak of large-scale wars between Israel and the Arab countries. This period ended with the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. In this session we examine the consequences of those wars and how was this first peace agreement achieved?
  • The rise of the Palestinian National Movement: Towards the end of the 1960s, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation PLO, has taken leadership of the Palestinian cause both politically and militarily. In this session we examine how this development has shifted the nature of the conflict in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
  • The Intifada and the Oslo Peace Accords: The first Intifada was a predominantly civilian popular uprising of the Palestinians against the Israeli military. In this session we examine the Intifada and what made it so effective as well as the peace accords that followed.
  • The long and painful peace process: Although promising at the start, the Oslo Accords did not result in peace. In this session we examine the factors and events that have led to the failure of the Oslo Accords and its implementation.
  • Living with the conflict: When examining the politics of the conflict we might overlook its impact on the people. In this session we will take a closer look at the different sectors and communities on either side and see how their lives are affected by the conflict. We will also learn about the array of local initiatives for peace and reconciliation.
  • The international arena: The international community has been highly invested in the conflict since its beginning. In this session, we will examine what roles do different global actors play in the efforts to resolve the conflict or to perpetuate it.
  • The secret formula for peace: As a result of the apparent failure of the peace process to bring the desired results, new approaches and ideas are beginning to rise. In this session, we will examine the different alternatives for a future resolution of the conflict and try to predict their chances for success based on the knowledge we acquired during the course.
$250 Limited / $225

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20 Apr

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