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‘No Plan B Because Plan A Cannot Fail’: Understanding Western Donors Peacebuilding Practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

10 January 2019

Speaker: Dr Mandy Turner, Kenyon Institute

(Council for British Research in the Levant) in East Jerusalem

The Oslo peace paradigm – which includes the governing and economic structures instituted by the agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel since 1993, as well as its ideological underpinnings and assumptions – has been remarkably resilient, despite the increasingly regularity of epitaphs. This seminar assessed the role of western donors and multilateral organisations in creating and sustaining this paradigm, and (based on extensive interviews with high-ranking western aid officials) what they think now, 25 years after the peace deal was signed, and 20 years after the interim period was supposed to end.