In this virtual talk, Said Arikat and Dr. Osamah Khalil will discuss the history of the Nakba, which created the largest and longest-running refugee problem in the world. They will also discuss the present and future status of Palestine, especially in light of ongoing attempts by Israel and the US to suppress the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice, including through Israel’s imminent annexation of the West Bank, which would be illegal under international law.
Dr. Osamah Khalil is an Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is the author of America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State (Harvard University Press, 2016) and the editor of United States Relations with China and Iran: Toward the Asian Century (Bloomsbury Press, 2019). Khalil has been a frequent media commentator and contributor, including for the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, The National, Al-Quds al-Arabi, Al Akhbar, and Al Jazeera.
Said Arikat is a Member of the Palestine Center Committee, and the Washington bureau chief for the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds, a daily for which he is a writer, columnist, and analyst. He previously served as spokesman and director of public information for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC.