Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, spoke on November 16 as part of the “Conversations About Peace” lecture series in a talk entitled, The Case for Palestinian Empowerment, Especially Under Occupation.
His talk addressed recent statements made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration that it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July, and sought sole security control of the Gaza Strip, where Hamas forces dominate. What’s next for the region?
Salam Fayyad is former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority (2007-2013) and former Finance Minister. Prior to his appointment as Finance Minister, he worked at the International Monetary Fund from 1987-2001, where he was resident representative in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He served as Finance Minister twice from June 2002 to November 2005 and from March 2007 to May 2012. Fayyad was Prime Minister between June 2007 and June 2013. Fayyad was popular in the West for his reform of the financial system within the Palestinian Authority. In 2010, Fayyad was named one of TIME magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the world. Salam Fayyad is on campus at Princeton University this year as the Daniella Lipper Coules ’95 Distinguished Visitor in Foreign Affairs.
The “Conversations About Peace” series is hosted by Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel C. Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Professor Amaney Jamal, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.