Showing posts tagged as "debate"

Showing posts tagged debate

17 Oct
Israeli Fears of Palestinian Recognition are Unwarranted | The New York Times - Room for Debate
Crisis Group’s Nathan Thrall joins the latest New York Time’s discussion arguing that Israeli fears of Palestinian recognition are unwarranted.
According to the Palestine Liberation Organization, 134 countries have recognized Palestinian statehood. Such recognition, the majority of it dating back to the Palestinian declaration of independence in 1988, has hardly affected negotiations to end the conflict and made almost no difference in the lives of Palestinians. Recognition by the remaining holdouts, concentrated in Western Europe and North America, will likewise change little.
Nevertheless, because of the perceived moral and diplomatic weight of Western European nations, the overwrought debate about recognizing the State of Palestine has resurfaced, thanks to recent support for the idea in the British Parliament’s symbolic, nonbinding motion this week, in a pledge this month by the new Swedish prime minister, and in a suggestion on Tuesday by the French foreign minister that his country “will naturally have to assume its responsibilities” if Israeli-Palestinian negotiations continue to fail. 
FULL COMMENTARY (The New York Times)
Photo: scottgunn/flickr

Israeli Fears of Palestinian Recognition are Unwarranted | The New York Times - Room for Debate

Crisis Group’s Nathan Thrall joins the latest New York Time’s discussion arguing that Israeli fears of Palestinian recognition are unwarranted.

According to the Palestine Liberation Organization, 134 countries have recognized Palestinian statehood. Such recognition, the majority of it dating back to the Palestinian declaration of independence in 1988, has hardly affected negotiations to end the conflict and made almost no difference in the lives of Palestinians. Recognition by the remaining holdouts, concentrated in Western Europe and North America, will likewise change little.

Nevertheless, because of the perceived moral and diplomatic weight of Western European nations, the overwrought debate about recognizing the State of Palestine has resurfaced, thanks to recent support for the idea in the British Parliament’s symbolic, nonbinding motion this week, in a pledge this month by the new Swedish prime minister, and in a suggestion on Tuesday by the French foreign minister that his country “will naturally have to assume its responsibilities” if Israeli-Palestinian negotiations continue to fail. 

FULL COMMENTARY (The New York Times)

Photo: scottgunn/flickr

6 Mar

Crisis Group’s President, Louise Arbour, will be participating in an Intelligence Squared debate on Tuesday, 13 March, on whether it’s time to end the war on drugs:

IT’S TIME TO END THE WAR ON DRUGS

Tuesday March 13th, 2012, King’s Place

The debate will begin at 7pm and finish at 8.30pm.

Other participants will include Sir Richard Branson, Julian Assange, Russell Brand, Antonio Maria Costa, Eliot Spitzer, Misha Glenny and many others. Be sure to tune in live on YouTube and Google+!