Mideast Peace: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It with Mohammed Dahlan, Member of Parliament, Palestinian Legislative Council, Palestinian Authority speaking at the Global Strategic Review 2007: The Role of NATO in Meeting Global Challenges. Professor Francois Heisbourg chairs the discussion.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) brought together over three hundred senior government officials, leading researchers, and many of the Institute's influential members from around the world to discuss and address some of the world's most critical issues at the 5th IISS Global Strategic Review (GSR) held in Geneva.
Mohammed Dahlan is a Palestinian politician, the leader of Fatah in Gaza. Dahlan was born in 1961 in Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza to a refugee family from Hamama. In 1981 he helped found the Gaza branch of the Fatah Youth Movement Fatah Shabiba; in the following years he was imprisoned in Israeli jails on several occasions for his involvement in resistance against Israel. In total, he was jailed for five years.
In 1993, he was involved in secret talks with Israel which eventually culminated in the Oslo Accords of 1993. For his role in these talks, he was given the position of security chief in the newly created Palestinian Authority, enjoying widespread popular support. In this role, he continued to negotiate in several subsequent talks, such as the Camp David 2000 Summit.
Francois Heisbourg is Chairman of The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (Special Advisor, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, Paris).