May 11, 2010

Jerusalem poses unique challenges to reaching a sustainable and secure peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Below are relevant background basics that discuss issues that are critical to discussions about the city.

Review of Where Negotiations Last Ended
An outline of where Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas left off in their discussions on the core issues during the Annapolis process.

Old City Sketchbook

An overview of demographics, governance, infrastructure and services, and religious holy sites in the Old City.

The E-1 Corridor
A detailed look at the location, jurisdiction, evolution, development, future plans and significance of the E-1 corridor between Jerusalem and the settlement of Maale Adumim.

Jerusalem’s Religious Centrality
A brief history of the religious significance of Jerusalem to Christianity, Islam and Judaism and outline of the various holy sites in the Old City.

Jerusalem Across Peace Negotiations
A description of how Jerusalem was addressed in past negotiations and plans including the Yossi Beilin-Abu Mazen talks in 1995, Camp David II, Clinton Parameters and Haim Ramon’s 2007 plan.

Jerusalem Statistics
A quick look at Jerusalem’s demographics and how they have changed over time.

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Determined to Reach a Common Objective

“We knew at the outset that the task would be difficult. We acknowledged that publicly and privately. We knew this would be a road with many bumps— and there have been many bumps—and that continues to this day. But we are not deterred. We are, to the contrary, determined more than ever to proceed to realize the common objective, which we all share, of a Middle East that is at peace with security and prosperity for the people of Israel, for Palestinians, and for all the people in the region. We will continue our efforts in that regard, undeterred and undaunted by the difficulties, the complexities or the bumps in the road.”—George Mitchell, special envoy for Middle East peace, remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu, September 29, 2010

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The U.S. Agency for International Development and Conflict: Hard Lessons from the Field

May 17, 2011, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

From Afghanistan and Iraq to Pakistan, Somalia, and South Sudan, the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, is engaged daily in trying to help some of the most troubled nations on the planet make a lasting transition to stability, open markets, and democracy. Few areas of the agency’s work are more challenging or more controversial.

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