Newswise — New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies will host “Oslo: 25 Years Later,” a one-day conference that will include Israeli and Palestinian negotiators whose work resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accords, on Sun., March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, Grand Hall, 238 Thompson Street [between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South], 5th Floor. 

The Oslo Accords, the first of which was signed in 1993, are agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization that established a time table for the Middle East peace process. The signing, in a White House Rose Garden ceremony, was preceded by years of secret negotiations brokered by the Norwegian government—exchanges dramatized in the Tony-Award-winning play “Oslo.”

The conference’s panels and participants are as follows:

“Perspectives on the Oslo Negotiations and Accords after 25 Years”

  • Ghaith al-Omari – a former negotiator for the Palestinian Authority and now a senior fellow at Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship  
  • Yossi Beilin – founder of Beilink, an international investment firm, who served in multiple positions in the Israeli government and an architect of the Oslo Negotiations Channel
  • Professor Hilde Henriksen Waage - University of Oslo and Peace Research Institute, Oslo

“The Oslo Process: What Went Wrong?”

  • Hiba Husseini - former PLO negotiator and founding member of Al-Mustaqbal Foundation
  • Professor Daniel C. Kurtzer – former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and now a professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Professor Avraham Sela - Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Is Oslo Still Relevant?”

  • Hussein Agha - Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford
  • Eamonn O’Kane - University of Wolverhampton
  • Gilead Sher - head of the Center for Applied Negotiations and a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 212.992.9797 or emailing [email protected]. Space limited to availability.

Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s director of public affairs, at 212.998.6808 or [email protected].

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Editor’s Note:           

The Taub Center was established with a gift from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. The gift supports an endowed professorship and two graduate fellowships in Israel Studies, and funds lectures, seminars, scholarly colloquia at the Center, and other special programs for students, faculty, and the community. In addition to offering its own programming, the Taub Center works closely with NYU’s departments to create cross-disciplinary programming, serving to broaden NYU’s offerings in Judaic and Middle Eastern studies. For more, go to


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