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Experts will convene to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian security conundrum

Panel Discussion: 8 a.m. Sept. 30 at National Press Club

Foreign policy experts will gather at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., from 8-10:30 a.m. Sept. 30, to discuss internal Palestinian security concerns, challenges to Israeli-Palestinian joint security, and the role of external actors in Israel-Palestinian security. Hosted by the University of Maryland’s ICONS Project, the event is free and open to the public and news media. The agenda and list of panelists are below.

The discussion centers on a recently conducted study (to be rolled out at the Sept. 30 event) seeking to evaluate strategic risks and identify knowledge gaps regarding potential future security environments and their implications for Palestinian security sector reform. Among the key elements reflected in the white paper was a unique collaboration among teams of social scientists to develop and run an ICONS simulation exercise designed to identify the key flash points that might result from an increase in autonomy for the West Bank in light of differing security requirements. The study and simulation were conducted for the U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (USSC) through the J-39 Strategic-Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Office of the Department of Defense.

The event will be held in the Fourth Estate Room of the National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20045 on the 13th floor).

For more information and a detailed agenda, visit: http://www.start.umd.edu/events/israeli-palestinian-security-conundrum-panel-discussion.