Ahmad Samih Khalidi

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Ahmad Samih Khalidi

Co-editor of Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyyah

Ahmed Samih Khalidi, a senior associate member of St Antony's College, Oxford, has written extensively about Arab politics, regional security and the Palestinian national struggle. In addition to being co-editor of the Institute's quarterly Arabic journal, Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyyah, he formerly advised the Palestinian leadership on negotiations with the Israelis. He also co-author, with Hussein Agha, of A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine (Chatham House, 2006).


The Future of the Two State Solution
Chatham House
Ahmad Samih Khalidi on "The Future of the Two-State Solution" at Chatham House. The speakers will offer their perspectives on the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. They will consider whether the two state solution is...


As Palestinians mourn their Nakba, the UK must acknowledge its responsibility

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. It behooves the UK to face up to its role in the dispossession of the Palestinians.

Yasser Arafat: why he still matters

He neither looked nor sounded like a natural leader. Yet Yasser Arafat dominated Palestinian politics for a generation before his death 10 years ago. How did he do it, and how much of a shadow does he still cast?

To Crush ISIS, Make a Deal With Assad

LAST week, President Obama virtually declared war on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But it is hard to reconcile the seemingly urgent need to confront the threat posed by this organization with the chosen means of doing so. By opting to support the “moderate” Syrian opposition and running the risk of an open confrontation with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the West...

The coming struggle over Palestine

We may now be moving towards a renewed conflict or struggle over the entire land of Palestine/Israel between various manifestations of Palestinian nationalism on the one hand and Zionism on the other.

For Palestinians, this week's deaths highlight the asymmetry of power

The latest killings bring to the forefront Palestinians' deep concern about prisoners and reopen wounds on both sides of the conflict.

Are these the first blooms of a 'Palestinian summer'?

Hamas and Fatah, at the UN and in their unity government, are at last taking the initiative to determine their own destiny.

Those who say arm Syria's opposition are making a dangerous assumption

Assad's regime won't be compelled to negotiate by force: any firepower the rebels gain will be more than matched by its allies.

Palestine, peoples and borders in the new Middle East map

Today’s Sunni/Shiite regional war is the direct product of the Bush/Blair war on Iraq. The divide is all the more dangerous because of the Levant’s confessional mosaic. These events are changing the very nature of the states in the region, and the peoples that lie within them. Where do Palestine’s...

Revolutionary change in the Arab world: what prospects for Palestinians?

It may be that the era of Palestinian nationalism as it was born, post-1948, is coming to an end. Instead we may be heading in a new direction of unity and common identity across boundaries; 1948, 1967, Diaspora - a form of unity of ‘condition’.

The Palestinians cannot be Zionists

Palestinian recognition of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people has become a central Israeli demand that is being portrayed as an existential concomitant of Israel’s perceived security needs. Despite Israeli claims to the contrary, this is indeed a relatively recent demand, one that was not raised in previous rounds of negotiations either with the Palestinians nor with...

A West Bank anachronism

The PLO goal of statehood has lost its glitter as a new national mood transforms the Palestinian struggle.

The Palestinian Authority's state-first mistake

The Palestinian Authority is intent on a kind of Zionism in reverse. The approach is badly flawed.

A recipe for resentment

For Palestinians, to recognise Israel as a Jewish state would be to repudiate their history.

Israel's celebration remains a Palestinian catastrophe

Neither side will ever agree on the narrative of the conflict, and the prospects for peace in the Middle East are slim.

Thanks, but no thanks

Statehood does not offer the equitable and fair solution the Palestinian people deserve.

Internal conflict and paralysis is corroding our credibility

Israel's occupation is the main reason for today's misery. But Palestinians still need to take control of their own future.

It is Lebanon, not Israel, that faces a threat to its existence in this war

The Franco-US resolution is an absurdity: it would give Israel immunity while denying Lebanon the right to defend itself.

If Israel has the right to use force in self defence, so do its neighbours

The west appears to insist that only one side in the conflict is able to intervene militarily across borders. That will never be accepted.

No deal-ever

Instead of resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict, both sides just want to contain it.

Palestinians can play the Israeli game

Parallel unilateralism can build self-rule without concessions.

A time of outrage and loss

Arafat is the cement that has held Palestinians together.

A one-state solution

A unitary Arab-Jewish homeland could bring lasting peace to the Middle East.

The end of the two-state solution?

The 'separation fence' will begin a new era of Palestinian struggle.

This is a road map to nowhere

The Palestinians need an end to occupation, not bogus statehood.

Return of the PLO

Hopes for a negotiated two-state deal have been crushed. The centre of Palestinian political gravity will shift back to the PLO.

Sharon is taking us back to 1948

The prospect of a two-state solution has faded - Israel and the Palestinians are now digging in for all-out existential war.

Israel and Palestine: what’s gone wrong?

An exchange of letters between Ahmad Samih Khalidi and David Makovsky, senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

After Oslo

The Oslo agreement was based on a territorial compromise which would be acceptable to both Israelis and Palestinians. But as the peace process falters, the "two-state solution" implicit in Oslo may have to give way to a unitary "binational state" as the only way of reconciling competing national...

An unsentimental peace

The bombing of Lebanon is new proof of Israel's disregard for Arab life, says Palestinian peace negotiator Ahmad Khalidi. But peace is still necessary.


A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine

Co-author Hussein Agha. The Palestinians face a massive and unique challenge to their national security as a people under occupation and in exile across the Middle East and beyond. The absence of a Palestinian state means that security must be addressed from the perspective of the nation, rather...

Track-II Diplomacy: Lessons from the Middle East

Edited by Hussein Agha, Shai Feldman, Ahmad Khalidi and Zeev Schiff. Track-II talks in the Middle East -- unofficial discussions among Israeli and Arab scholars, journalists, and former government and military officials -- have been going on since soon after the 1967 Six Day War and have often...

Syria and Iran: Rivalry and Cooperation

Co-author Hussein Agha. The strategic relationship which emerged between Damascus and Tehran in the late 1970s remains one of the least comprehended aspects of Middle East politics. This relationship has endured for almost a decade and a half, despite many predictions of its imminent demise...


Original English Translation of the 2015 Gadi Eisenkot IDF Strategy

Introduction by Ahmad Samih Khalidi: On the Limitations of Military Doctrine. (Click on "pop-out" on upper right-hand side to open and expand article.)

The Palestine Question Amid Regional Transformations

For some time, the Journal of Palestine Studies ’ sister quarterly, Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyya (MDF), has held small, open-ended roundtable discussions at the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) headquarters in Beirut to address issues of importance to Palestine and the Arab world, with...

Why Can't the Palestinians Recognize the Jewish state?

Israel's relatively recent demand for recognition as a "Jewish state" or "homeland for the Jewish people" has important implications for the Palestinians (whether refugees, citizens of Israel, or residents of the occupied territories) with regard to their history, identity, rights, and future. This...

The Palestinians' First Excursion into Democracy

It is difficult to escape the notion that Middle Eastern democracy is something of an oxymoron. The democratic credentials of any of the regimes or states in that great arc from the Atlantic to the Gulf (min al-Muhit illa al-Khalij in the Arab nationalist parlance of yesteryear) are far from...

The Palestinians: Current Dilemmas, Future Challenges

We are now well into the fourteenth month of the Oslo process as defined by the Declaration of Principles (DOP) signed on the White House lawn on 13 September 1993. One of the most salient characteristics of the process so far has been its apparent disregard of deadlines. Thus, although the DOP was...


Two States or One?

Ahmad Khalidi (Senior Associate Member, St. Anthony's College at the University of Oxford; Former Adviser to the PLO Delegation ['91-'93]) offers further skepticism about the one-state solution because there is no plan for achieving it if two-state negotiation failed. He also cites various...

The Two-State Solution: Is it Still Relevant?

An exciting panel discussion celebrating the release of the Crown Center's new book by Prof. Asher Susser, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative(Brandeis University Press, 2012). Dr. Ahmad Khalidi and Dr. Robert Malley joined Prof. Susser to explore the viability of the two-state...


The Palestinian National Movement: What Went Wrong?

Ahmad Samih Khalidi presented the annual Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture on 10 April 2008 at the Palestine Center.