- Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director
- Yair Hirschfeld, Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin
- Samih Al-Abid, Diana Tamari Sabbagh Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies
The Baker Institute has played a leading role in promoting peace in the Middle East through unofficial Track II dialogues. Ambassador Djerejian and the institute’s non-resident fellows, Dr. Yair Hirschfeld and Dr. Samih Al Abid, have conducted numerous workshops and conferences to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Their work has been published in four major policy reports addressing the final status issues of an agreement as well as the public diplomacy component to buttress Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. A Baker Institute policy paper in 2013 contained recommendations on the United States role in negotiations.
Following the end of direct negotiations last year under the Kerry Initiative, the Conflict Resolution Program will continue to research effective ways for the U.S. to promote Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab peace in three key areas:
- The research team will study the costs and benefits of maintaining the status quo for both Israelis and Palestinians.
- The critical role of the U.S.-Israeli relationship in peace negotiations and the region in general is changing. The Center for the Middle East, through workshops and consultations, will analyze the current state of U.S.-Israeli relations and provide recommendations for developing shared policy approaches to regional challenges.
- While the future of the two-state solution as a basis for negotiations is threatened, no clear alternative has emerged. The Baker Institute team will evaluate the pros and cons of alternative scenarios in the absence of progress toward a two-state solution.