The Bennet Lecture: Will There Ever be Peace in the Middle East?

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on April 12, 2010

On March 2, 2010 at 8 p.m., Fairfield University welcomed Middle East expert Martin S. Indyk, Ph.D., vice president and director for Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, for a talk on the Middle East. The talk centered on the difficult question of whether or not the Middle East will find peace and harmony, at least in the near future. Dr. Indyk, who has published many of his ideas on U.S. policy towards the Arab-Israeli peace process and the multifaceted challenges of the Middle East, tackled this challenging question for an audience composed of Fairfield community members as well as University faculty and students.

As he has seen firsthand the difficulties facing those trying to establish peace in the Middle East, and as he has dedicated his life’s work toward this effort himself, Dr. Indyk gave his professional opinion and presented evidence on whether there was immediate hope for an end to this conflict. He discussed the responsibilities that the United States has taken on with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the importance of not leaving the Middle East after all that has occurred in the past decade.

Dr. Indyk drew from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the underground terrorist groups, which are nearly impossible to defeat. While he was hopeful overall that there will be peace in the Middle East, Dr. Indyk was also clear that the situation needs delicate handling that many Americans find difficult to comprehend, especially with cultural barriers and years of conflict standing in the way.

The lecture was brought to campus by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, sponsored in part by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

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