Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine (2008-2014), has dedicated much of his life to the study of the Israel/Palestine conflict. His book Palestine's Horizon explores the intricacies and interconnections of the history and politics of Israel/Palestine. This event will launch Richard Falk's book which will be discussed by Richard himself and Chris Doyle, the director of CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding), and chaired by Professor Mary Kaldor of LSE.
Richard Falk (@rfalk13) is one of the leading voices on the Israel/Palestine conflict. He was the UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine between 2008-2014. He is Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and a Research Fellow in Global Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of over twenty books including Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring (Zed Books, 2015).
Chris Doyle (@doylech) is the director of CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding). He has worked with the Council since 1993 after graduating with a first class honors degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Exeter University. As the lead spokesperson for Caabu and as an acknowledged expert on the region, Chris is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and gives numerous talks around the country on issues such as the Arab Spring, Libya, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Islamophobia and the Arabs in Britain. He has had numerous articles published in the British and international media. He has travelled to nearly every country in the Middle East. He has organized and accompanied numerous British Parliamentary delegations to Arab countries.
Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. She is the author of many books, including New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era and Global Civil Society: An Answer to War. Professor Kaldor was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament and of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly. She is convener of the Human Security Study Group, which reported to Javier Solana, the High Representative for Common and Foreign Security Policy of the European Union, and now Federica Mogherini. She is also Director of a new DFID funded research programme on the dynamics of conflict in the Middle East and Africa.
The research of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit (@LSEID)is about the way in which ordinary people shape or try to shape the decisions that affect their lives with a particular focus on security. By civil society we refer to the medium (social movements, associations, media, for example) through which individuals can participate in public debates. By human security we mean the security of the individual and the community in which he or she lives as opposed to the security of states and borders.
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