In 2008, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad invited international investors to the first-ever Palestine Investment Conference, which was designed to jump-start the process of integrating Palestine into the global economy. As Fayyad described the conference, Palestine is “throwing a party, and the whole world is invited.”
Join us for a discussion of the book, in which Kareem Rabie examines how the conference and Fayyad's rhetoric represented a wider shift in economic and political practice in ways that oriented state-scale Palestinian politics toward neoliberal globalization rather than a diplomatic two-state solution. Rabie demonstrates that private firms, international aid organizations, and the Palestinian government in the West Bank focused on large-scale private housing development in an effort toward state-scale economic stability and market building. This approach reflected the belief that a thriving private economy would lead to a free and functioning Palestinian state. Yet, as Rabie contends, these investment-based policies have maintained the status quo of occupation and Palestine's subordinate and suspended political and economic relationship with Israel.
Meet our speakers and chair
Kareem Rabie is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Gökçe Günel is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rice University.
Lucy Garbett is a research student at LSE.
Deen Sharp is LSE Fellow in Human Geography at LSE.
Sara Salem is Assistant Professor of Sociology at LSE.