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Feb 10

The Palestinian Elections and Middle East Democracy

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The January 25th Palestinian elections, which resulted in a landslide victory for Hamas, have altered the Palestinian political landscape. What are the implications of these elections for the Palestinian people, for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and for U.S. policy in the Middle East? Will Hamas be forced to moderate its radical Islamic ideology by the practical needs of government and continued international pressure?

More About the Speakers

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow,
Russian and Eurasian Studies and
International Energy Security,
Douglas and Sarah Allison
Center for Foreign Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D.
Vice President,
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, and
Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Shibley Telhami, Ph.D.
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, The University of Maryland

Tamara Cofman Wittes, Ph.D.
Research Fellow,
The Saban Center for Middle Eastern Policy,
The Brookings Institution