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Expert examines Palestine in post-Arafat era, April 7

A lecture titled "Palestinians in the Post-Arafat Era: What Direction?" is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in 1 Robertson Hall. Khalil Shikaki, a political science professor at Birzeit University and the director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, will examine Palestinian politics and the peace process in the wake of Yasser Arafat’s death. He also will make projections based on the public opinion trends of the last decade.

Since 1993, Shikaki has conducted more than 100 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and has published commentaries for several international newspapers. His recent books include the forthcoming "Palestinian Public Opinion and the Peace Process: Long-Term Trends and Policy Implications" (2005) and "Building a State, Building Peace: How to Make a Roadmap that Works for Palestinians and Israelis" (2003).

This lecture is part of the Political and Economic Development of the Middle East Lecture Series and is being sponsored by the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia; the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; and the Program in Near Eastern Studies.

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