What future for Palestinians?
By Henry Laurens
Thursday 25 October 2018, at 7 pm
While the process of peacemaking with Israel seems stalled, that the Israeli government has adopted a controversial nation-state law and that the United States have multiplied measures against Palestinians (transferring their embassy to Jerusalem and cutting funding to the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees), where does the Palestinian question stand in this political and diplomatic fog? The historian Henry Laurens, Chair of History of the “Contemporary Arab World” at the Collège de France, tackles these thorny issues at the Boghossian Foundation.
A former student in preparatory literature classes at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, Henry Laurens studies history at the Université Paris Sorbonne. As a Professor, he continues his research on the Near-East, at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) and goes to Damascus, then to Cairo at the start of the 1980s as a specialist of orientalism. Defining himself as one of the last people from this stream of research, Henry Laurens multiplies works on the contemporary Arab world. Member of the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) and professor of lectures at the Université Paris IV he returns to the INALSCO as a professor until 2001 and becomes a member of the High Council of the Institute of the Arab World (IMA) in Paris from 2004 to 2008. Since 2003, he is Chair of History of the Contemporary Arab World at the Collège de France. He is the author of more than twenty books and studies on this ever-moving space, and of reference works, including the Oriental Crisis, Fayard 2017.
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