Seth Anziska, University College London and Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth
For seventy years Israel has existed as a state, and for forty years it has honored a peace treaty with Egypt that is widely viewed as a triumph of U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. Yet the Palestinians—the would-be beneficiaries of a vision for a comprehensive regional settlement that led to the Camp David Accords in 1978—remain stateless to this day. In a discussion of his forthcoming book, based on newly declassified international sources, Seth Anziska charts the emergence of the peace process and examines how events in the 1970s and 1980s contributed to the persistence of Palestinian statelessness and broader regional upheaval in the Middle East today.
Dr. Seth Anziska is the Mohamed S. Farsi-Polonsky Lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations at University College London and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. His research and teaching focuses on Israeli and Palestinian society and culture, the international history of the modern Middle East, and contemporary Arab and Jewish politics. He is the author of Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo (Princeton University Press, 2018), and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Haaretz. A visiting fellow at the U.S./Middle East Project and a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Seth has held fellowships at New York University, the London School of Economics, and the American University of Beirut. He received his PhD in International and Global History, with distinction, from Columbia University, his M. Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and his BA in history, cum laude, from Columbia University.
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