August  12, 2020

Ellen Laipson

Welcome! You are invited to join our August 12 webinar: “Israel-Palestine: Are prospects for a two-state solution dead?” with Ellen Laipson, Director of the International Security program at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

This talk will address current developments and dynamics in the long saga and search for Arab-Israeli peace. While Israel improves its ties to major Arab states, the prospects for a successful resolution of the “Palestine question” remain low. We will discuss Israeli and Palestinian politics, the Trump Administration’s peace plan, and complicated debates over settlements, annexation, and questions of international law.

This is the sixth in our summer series Summer with SFWAF: Hot Weather, Hot Topics. We have been offering two webinars a month normally held on a Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm Mountain Time throughout summer 2020 on a variety of current international affairs topics of concern to SFWAF members and friends.

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email for additional information.

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The Speaker

Ellen Laipson
Ellen LaipsonDirector, International Security Program, George Mason University, former Director of the Stimson Center
Ellen Laipson s the Director of the International Security program at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She joined GMU from the Stimson Center, where she was president and CEO (2002-2015) and continues as resident Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow. Her tenure at Stimson followed a quarter century of government service. Her last post in government was Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002). She also worked on the State Department’s policy planning staff, the National Security Council staff, and the Congressional Research Service.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she currently serves on the Advisory Councils of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and is a columnist for . From 2003 to 2015, she was a member of the board of the Asia Foundation. She served on the CIA External Advisory Panel from 2006-2009, President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009-2013, and on the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board 2011-2014. Laipson has an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and an AB from Cornell University.