To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
Almost 30 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, Israel remains in the West Bank and peace between Palestinians and Israelis seems farther away than ever. Is Oslo still the path to peace, or is it an iron cage that imprisons Israelis and Palestinians in a grim status quo? What possibilities lie ahead? Join Dr. Yael Berda, assistant professor of sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and joint fellow of MEI and the Future of Diplomacy Project, as she explores these questions with a panel of leading Israeli and Palestinian experts and activists.
Yael Berda is an Assistant Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at Hebrew University and a Visiting Scholar with the Middle East Initiative and the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, Berda was the Gerard Weinstock Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and during that time she taught an undergraduate lecture course on Law and Society; an undergraduate junior tutorial on Race and Bureaucracy; and a graduate seminar on Transnational Historical Sociology. She was also an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International & Regional Studies, WCFIA from 2014-2017.
Berda publishes, teaches, and speaks on the intersections of sociology of law, bureaucracy and the state, race and racism and sociology of empires. Her most recent book is Living Emergency: Israel's Permit Regime in the West Bank (Stanford University Press, 2017 ). She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled: "The File and the Checkpoint: the Administrative Memory of the British Empire". Her other research projects are about the construction of loyalty of civil servants in Israel and India, the use of emergency laws to shape political economy of colonial states, and colonial legacies of law and administration that shape contemporary homeland security practices in postcolonial states. She was a practicing Human Rights lawyer, representing in military, district, and Supreme courts in Israel. Berda received her PhD from Princeton University; MA from Tel Aviv University and LLB from Hebrew University faculty of Law.
Diana Buttu, Legal Advisor and negotiator
Assaf David, Director of Israel in the Middle East Cluster, Van Leer Institute, Co-founder Forum for Regional Thinking
Honaida Ghanim, Director of Madar Research Center for Israeli Studies
Daniel Levy, President, US/Middle East Peace Project
Dahlia Scheindlin, Public Opinion expert and analyst, Century Foundation