IAN Teleconference with David Makovsky September 7, 2011
The Israel Action Network (IAN) is hosting a special teleconference this week with David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute. The discussion will take place in advance of the release of an extended study on the unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood (UDI) by Makovsky.
The call, at noon (EST) Friday, Sept. 9, is part of efforts by the IAN, a project of the Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, to help communities meet emerging challenges surrounding the Palestinian’s UN effort and other Israel advocacy issues. Mr. Makovsky will help clarify the implications of UDI, which is expected to be introduced by Palestinian leadership at the UN on Sept. 20.
You can express your opposition to UDI by signing an online petition, created by IAN, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), which will be presented to the U.N. as part of a larger community relations and media strategy.
Biography of David Makovsky:
David Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Mr. Makovsky is the coauthor with Dennis Ross of the 2009 book Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (Viking/Penguin), as well as numerous other books and policy papers.
Mr. Makovsky is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. His commentary on the peace process and the Arab-Israeli conflict has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and National Interest.
Before joining The Washington Institute, Mr. Makovsky was an award-winning journalist who covered the peace process from 1989 to 2000. He is the former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, was diplomatic correspondent for Israel's leading daily, Haaretz, and is a former contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Makovsky received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's degree in Middle East studies from Harvard University.