'Ending the Palestine Israel Impasse: Two State or Common State? - free public lecture by Rt Hon Peter Hain, MP

In the Middle East, should the aim be for one state for Israelis and Palestinians, rather than two? Former Cabinet Minister and former Middle East Minister Peter Hain, MP for Neath, is to speak about this issue in a free public lecture at Swansea University on Thursday 30 January 2014.

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It has long been assumed that a two-state solution should be the goal of peace between Israelis and Palestinians but key voices are more and more frequently warning that time is running out for a practicable Palestinian state.

As settlements become entrenched in the West Bank and the Gaza Blockade continues to limit the development of a viable Palestinian political leadership, should energies be focused instead on developing a plan for a secular, pluralist one-state solution?

As well as authoring a number of books, chapters and newspaper articles on UK politics and foreign affairs, Peter, who is originally from South Africa,  has been a member of parliament since 1991 and is an active proponent of recommencing formal negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. His memoirs Outside In were published by Biteback in 2012 and his new book on his parents' anti-apartheid activism is: Ad&Wal: values, duty, sacrifice in apartheid South Africa (Biteback, January 2014).

Professor John Spurr, head of the College of Arts and Humanities, said

'This talk will be a wonderful opportunity to hear a distinguished figure in the field of international relations and dispute resolution address one of the most intractable and contentious issues in modern politics.'

 The lecture forms part of the public lecture and event series organised by RIAH, the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, at Swansea University. 

Other notable names who have featured on this year’s programme include: broadcaster Huw Edwards, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan. 

  • The lecture is on Thursday 30 January at 6.30pm
  • Light refreshments will be served from 6pm 
  • Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend 

For more information:  riah@swansea.ac.uk   Tel: 01792 295190

(28/1/14 please note updated lecture title)