Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


The Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty

In the Absence of Solutions: Thinking about Outcomes to the Arab-Israeli Conflict


Ian S. Lustick 

Professor Lustick will discuss the implausibility of negotiations that could lead to either a "one-state" or "two-state" solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He will explore the causes of the effective disappearance of the two-state solution and the implications of "constrained volatility" for outcomes that may be in store for the protagonists.

Dr. Lustick is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania where he holds the Bess W. Heyman Chair and specializes in Middle East politics. He is a recipient of awards from the Carnegie Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Research Council, and the United States Institute of Peace. He has authored many books; the most recent is Trapped in the War on Terror, University of Pennsylvania Press (2006). His current research is focused on Arab-Israeli relations and political violence.

Dr. Lustick worked in 1979-80 as an analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State. Since then, at various levels of government, he has served as a consultant for every subsequent administration on Middle East affairs, foreign policy, national security policy, and intelligence matters.