Today, Secretary Kerry not only recognizes the added value of the private sector in supporting the advancement of peace between Palestinians and Israelis, but he is leading a full-scale approach to building new partnerships that will have sustainable impact on the ground. Focusing on creating the economic, as well as political and security conditions needed to build a long-term solution of an independent Palestinian state is critical to the viability of the peace process.
Moshen Makhmalbaf's film The Gardner opened in New York this weekend. His films revolutionized Iranian cinema and he became world renowned as a master. Makhmalbaf is not a run-of-the-mill filmmaker, he believes that the art of cinema as a vehicle to change culture.
While Hamas's words do not play into the kind of peace language that Washington seeks to frame with the renewed talks, does Hamas's response carry weight as an outside player? Western analysts and Washington peace negotiators prefer to think not.
Israel's goal from day one, against the backdrop of relentless persecution of Jews in Europe and across North Africa and the Middle East, has been peaceful coexistence with neighboring states. But it takes two to tango, and, with only a few notable exceptions since 1948, the dance partner has been missing.
Israel must never hesitate to show up at any serious negotiating table. It does so today from a position of remarkable strength.
Anyone familiar with the history of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking can be forgiven for viewing new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with a certain degree of skepticism, in large part fueled by concern that settlements will, once again, be used to undermine the chances for achieving peace.
I am a Palestinian-American with big ideas; dreams so big, they consist of becoming the next Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, or Condoleezza Rice. But I sometimes see a red sign in front of me that reads: STOP.
Sri Lanka serves as a powerful example of what can come when two peoples share the same territory and yet possess different religions, cultures, and languages.
It is women who could make a difference for themselves and their children in and around the battlefields, but women's influence is, in general, insignificant in the design of policies related to national security and the impact of war-related violence on citizens.
Great are the peacemakers. But they must be willing to sign even the least bad deal, and then to shoulder the consequences of their signature.
The Middle East peace process has frequently been more process than peace, but even the slim possibility of success makes it a worthwhile pursuit given the negative repercussions of doing nothing.
Nobody would deny that the obstacles are formidable and nobody ever got rich betting on the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace. But some of the underlying conditions have changed, creating a spark of hope that this time could be different.
The complexity of Jerusalem's Temple Mount appears insurmountable because demand to possess the world's most contested rock will in all likelihood continue unabated until a peaceful solution emerges from it.
The U.S. quest for stability in the Middle East that amounted to support for autocratic regimes at the expense of democratic values was in part fueled by fear -- fear that change in countries like Saudi Arabia threatened to open the door to the replacement of conservative, pro-Western rulers by military officers steeped in a vision that combined nationalism and Islamism.
There are plenty of reasons to be cynical about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The personalities and the politics involved do not immediately inspire confidence. Nevertheless, I choose not to be negative.
Egypt's political chasm continues to widen following the military's ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, who, despite his many flaws and blunders, was the only democratically elected president in the country's history.