Considering the geographic expanse from Asia to the Middle East, this panel examines the exchange and flow of capital, oil, and natural gas between India and China on one hand, and the Middle East as represented by the Arab gulf and Iran on the other.
Speakers ask how tensions in Pakistan and Afghanistan, peace-making efforts from Turkey, and the Arab-Israeli conflict influence diplomacy in this huge area of the world where great wealth and greater conflict coincide.
Dr. Galia Golan
Dr. Galia Golan is Professor Emerita and former head of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She presently leads the program in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in the School of Government, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. At Hebrew University she was the founder of Israel's first program in women's studies and head of the Lafer Center for Women's Studies, as well as the head of the Mayrock Center for Soviet and East European Research. She is a leader of Peace Now (the Israeli Peace Movement), Bat Shalom (of the Jerusalem Link, a Palestinian and Israeli Women's Joint Venture for Peace), and the International Women's Commission for a Just Peace. She also serves on the Council of Pugwash and on the editorial board of The Palestine-Israel Journal and is a member of the executive committee of Meretz (Social Democratic Party).
Dr. Golan is the recipient of the New Israel Fund Women's Leadership Award and the Gleitsman Foundation Activism Award. The author of nine books, mainly on Soviet policies in the Middle East, she has also written on women and politics, non-state actors in conflict resolution, and globalization. Her most recent book is Israel and Palestine: Peace Plans and Proposals from Oslo to Disengagement (Markus Wiener Publishers, Princeton).
Geoffrey Kemp is the Director of Regional Strategic Programs at the Nixon Center. He received his Ph.D. in political science at M.I.T. and his M.A. and B.A. degrees from Oxford University. He served in the White House during the first Reagan administration and was Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff.
Prior to his current position, he was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he was Director of the Middle East Arms Control Project. In the 1970s he worked in the Defense Department in the Policy Planning and Program Analysis and Evaluation Offices and made major contributions to studies on U.S. security policy and options for Southwest Asia. In 1976, while working for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, he prepared a widely publicized report on U.S. Military Sales to Iran. His most recent publication is "Stopping the Iranian Bomb" which appeared in the Summer 2003 edition of The National Interest.
Aaron David Miller
Aaron David Miller is currently the vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a public policy scholar when he wrote his fourth book The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (2008). For the prior two decades, he served at the Department of State as an advisor to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the senior advisor for Arab-Israeli negotiations. He also served as the deputy special Middle East coordinator for Arab-Israeli negotiations, senior member of the State Department's policy planning staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He has received the department's Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor awards.