06/29/2020 | Press release | Archived content
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce its task force on developing a new U.S. agenda toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The task force, which began convening this past winter, seeks to re-examine U.S. policy given the deteriorating situation on the ground and shifting American, Israeli, and Palestinian stances on longstanding issues and how to preserve the two-state solution. The group will build on the success of CNAS' 2018 task force on U.S. policy towards Gaza.
The task force is composed of a group of foreign policy and national security experts including former high-ranking U.S. government officials, former ambassadors who served in the Middle East, and a number of former negotiators. CNAS Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg, CNAS Adjunct Senior Fellow Hady Amr, The Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Israel Policy Forum Policy Director Michael Koplow serve as directors of the task force. The task force's efforts will culminate in a final report that will be released in the fall of 2020. The report will be informed by the deliberations of the group, but will represent the views of the authors alone.
'In the face of potential Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank and an increasingly grim situation between Israelis and Palestinians, we felt it was critical to refresh and rethink U.S. policy options and strategies for preserving and achieving the two-state solution,' said Goldenberg. Wittes added: 'The old days of the Secretary of State or president behaving as the desk officer on the Middle East Peace Process are over. We need a more systemic American approach to reversing the negative trends and eventually achieving peace.' Amr added, 'All people living between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea deserve equal measures of freedom, security and prosperity, and it's clear that U.S. policy needs to refocus on this both in the immediate term and in a final status agreement.'
A list of select task force members is included below. Affiliations are provided for identification purposes only and do not indicate institutional support.
For more information, please contact Cole Stevens at [email protected] or 202-695-8166.