Palestine – Beyond Neoliberalism, Occupation, and War

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You can find the maps of Ghada Karmi’s presentation on the Website of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

January 21, 2013, Diplomatische Akademie Wien

  • Ghada Karmi | Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies | University of Exeter
  • Adam Hanieh | Department of Development Studies | SOAS | University of London
  • Helmut Krieger | Universität Wien
  • Magda Seewald | VIDC/Wiener Institut

After 20 years since the Declaration of Principle has been signed in Oslo in 1993 one can observe that the current project of state formation in the West Bank and the asymmetric containment of the Gaza Strip have definitely led to nowhere, no solution, no peace. As opposed to developments in the Gaza Strip it seems that the West Bank first strategy by western powers as well as Israel is linking together two basic elements: implementing a development agenda that seems to be biased strongly neoliberal and supporting the current political as well as economic elites in Ramallah without guaranteeing an independent Palestinian state.

Given this short description of some current developments in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT), the following questions will be discussed at the evening event:

  • What does ‘neoliberal development’ in the OPT mean? What are its contradictions and limits? How can it be linked to the Arab uprisings?
  • What are basic preconditions as a necessary way forward towards a just solution?
  • How can such a solution be conceptualized from a political-economic perspective?


Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation.


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