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Launch of Global Network of Experts on the Question of Palestine: Conceptual Framework

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Recent developments concerning the policies of the current US administration regarding the Question of Palestine necessitates a thorough expert analysis from specialists across multidisciplinary fields including Diplomacy, Civil Society, the Media, International Law and academic disciplines including Refugee and Migration studies, International Relations, History and Anthropology.

ARDD has therefore aims to host leading global experts to share their invaluable insights and outlooks on predominant regional and global political discussions on Palestine through the newly established Global Network of Experts on the Question of Palestine.  Serving as a mediating voice to better navigate the often contentious debates on the important issue, the network will offer cutting edge policy analysis and tangible policy recommendations from a myriad of disciplinary perspectives and backgrounds and be an invaluable resource to the policymaking community and the general public, and journalists.

The need for a Global Expert Network on Palestine

The past year alone has prompted a shift in the way we address the issue of Palestine. The relocation of the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the concurrent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s exclusive capital by the US Administration, followed by the abrupt defunding of UNRWA and the eviction of the PLO Mission from Washington, D.C., collectively  suggest the development and definition of a new US, and indeed global, policy over Palestine. Accordingly, the validity of key paradigms from the frameworks of international law, diplomacy, refugee and migration studies, among others, in connection with the question of Palestine, must be similarly rethought in light of these new realities.

The Global Experts Network will address how the discourse on the Question of Palestine is presently and predominantly produced according to invaluable insights of the member experts with that of the often underemphasized and equally valuable insights of experts from the Grassroots movements, hence offering a platform for a truly global perspective.

Network Function

The ARDD global network will offer two main functions:

  1. Solid expert commentaries on an ongoing basis. Through online updates and commentaries including op-eds and policy briefs our network will dispense expert opinion for the policy making and specialist community at large.
  2. Key interventions in media. When breaking news on Palestine occurs, our experts will offer real-time media alerts, which will be disseminated through partners in the international press. These alerts will then become crucial tools to journalists, offering key insights on changing developments in Palestine.

Network Structure

The ARDD network aims to be expansive, categorizing experts by distinct subject matter expertise. It will encompass members specializing in:

  • International Law. This category will include specialists who speak authoritatively to the issue of Palestine regarding humanitarian law, refugee law, migration, and statelessness, and will remain abreast of the rapidly evolving developments in fields like international criminal law. Our International Law specialists will be particularly astute in advancing an international-law-compliant understanding of the status of Palestinian refugees in multilateral (i.e. UN) and bilateral assemblies, and in both international and regional platforms.
  • Academia. This category will be comprised of experts from academia, in Political Science, History, Anthropology, Sociology, and related disciplines. Figures in this category will leverage their academic subject matter expertise in service both of furthering intellectual discourse in their academic disciplines, as well as of practical outcomes for the policy and generalist community.

Civil Society. This category will include specialists from the NGO and IGO community. Some will specifically be allied with organizations directly servicing Palestine and Palestinian refugees both in the region and in the worldwide diaspora. Others will be affiliated more broadly with organizations focused on aspects including international human rights, legal services, on minority rights.

  • Refugee and Migration Studies. This category will include scholars, expert practitioners and activists who deal with the issue of refugees and forced migration. This category will further encourage recent graduates and commentators with an interest in the subject of migration and refugees to give their insights and develop their experience in expert dialogue among well-established scholars, practitioners and activists.
  • International Relations and Diplomacy. This category will include former and current practicing diplomats, embassy officials, as well as scholars and research with a focus on international affairs and diplomacy, who have worked substantively on Palestine. These experts will be ideally positioned to influence high level policy making and thinking around the question of Palestine.
  •  Media. This category will represent professionals who work in media, and can thus lend their expertise with the global press on the question of Palestine. Our experts in media will be crucial in addressing the lack of accuracy, misinformation, misconstruction often spread in the mainstream global press as it pertains to Palestine and related Middle East issues.