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Amjad Atallah
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Amjad Atallah is the Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation.

Mr. Atallah is also a Senior Affiliated Expert with the Public International Law and Policy Group. Prior to working at the New America Foundation, Mr. Atallah headed Strategic Assessments Initiative, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing legal and policy assistance to parties involved in negotiations in conflict and post-conflict situations. Mr. Atallah’s efforts included running the international policy and advocacy efforts of the Save Darfur Coalition, advising the Kosovar constitutional process, and preparing scenario planning exercises for the Palestinians and Israelis. Prior to that, Mr. Atallah advised the Palestinian negotiating team in peace negotiations with Israel on the issues of international borders, security, and constitutional issues. He was also responsible for liaising with U.S. government officials in Washington, D.C. on these issues. Mr. Atallah received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia and received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Blog Entries by Amjad Atallah

Separation Without Separating -- A Friendly Divorce for Palestine and Israel

Posted November 9, 2010 | 16:24:19 (EST)

The Israeli-Palestinian peace making process is stuck in a conundrum: psychologically, the only way to resolve the conflict is by separation: two-states for two people. The separation paradigm led originally by Yitzhak Rabin and then adopted by former Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert took hold on the Israeli...

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Obama Just Won't Give Up on Peace, Dammit!

Posted April 8, 2010 | 12:35:01 (EST)

The Washington Post and the New York Times are both running stories that seem to indicate President Obama remains absolutely committed to seeing an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict, and not necessarily in the half-step of a borders-first strategy or an "economic peace." Both pieces recount...

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Obama Must Consider His Options in Afghanistan

Posted October 13, 2009 | 16:21:52 (EST)

Over the last week President Obama has held a series of intense meetings on Afghanistan with core members of his national security team and in doing so has shown a seriousness and commitment to decisions about war and peace that was so clearly lacking under the previous administration.

However,...

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How To Kill Your Friends, Big and Small

Posted October 2, 2009 | 15:42:05 (EST)

Palestinians today woke up to two news stories -- one that made them celebrate and one that made them cringe. Unfortunately, the U.S. was not involved in the celebratory story.

Yesterday, the Palestine Liberation Organization's representative at the United Nations in Geneva pulled a resolution at the Human Rights...

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The Other Shoe Drops: Obama Lays Out Goals for Middle East Peace at the UN

Posted September 23, 2009 | 12:18:00 (EST)

For the last 24 hours, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was basking in the glow of patriotic support by his most ardent right wing supporters for standing up to the United States at yesterday's trilateral meeting. Prior to his meeting with President Obama and President Abbas, Netanyahu's aides were bragging...

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A Middle East Peace for Americans

Posted September 22, 2009 | 19:16:03 (EST)

An informal group of American citizens, including prominent Christian leaders, has just released a letter today making the point that they will stand behind President Obama as he works to secure America's national interests in the Middle East. All appear to agree that America's national interest, Israel's and the...

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Huckabee Offers Palestinians State "Some Place Else"

Posted August 18, 2009 | 18:41:57 (EST)

In a move sure to antagonize the Onion for not having come up with it first, former U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee endorsed Israeli control over the occupied West Bank and rejected the "two-state solution." Instead, the Southern Baptist preacher suggested that Palestinians should "have a place of their...

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Hamas vs. the Fundamentalists

Posted August 16, 2009 | 16:47:57 (EST)

This past Friday, Hamas engaged in an intense battle with a Salafist group called Jund Ansar Allah (the Soldiers of the Supporters of God). The instigation for the battle came after the leader of the group, Abdul Latif Musa, gave a Friday sermon calling for the immediate implementation of an...

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Hamas Again Accepts a Palestinian State on The 1967 Lines

Posted July 31, 2009 | 12:56:50 (EST)

The Wall Street Journal today reports that Hamas Chief Khaled Meshaal told Jay Solomon and Julien Barnes-Dacey in an interview that "We along with other Palestinian factions in consensus agreed upon accepting a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines. This is the national program. This is our program....

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Taking Yes for an Answer

Posted July 27, 2009 | 18:04:31 (EST)

Sometimes, it's hard to take "yes" for an answer.

Israel has had a host of American visitors in the last several days. Fred Hof from the Mitchell Team showed up last week before going on to Syria in attempts to conclude a peace agreement that would permanently quiet down...

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The Obama-Likud Staredown: Who's Going to Blink?

Posted July 21, 2009 | 19:55:43 (EST)

Israel and the United States have already begun negotiations over whether there is going to be a two-state solution or not, and the Israelis have begun employing all the negotiating tricks they have become accustomed to using with the Palestinians. But there is a significant difference in the disparity of...

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