PRIO invites you to a seminar with professor Uri Bialer of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. The seminar will be chaired by Gregory Reichberg, PRIO. Discussant: Hilde Henriksen Waage, PRIO.

Please register with if you wish to take part in this seminar. Uri Bialer's lecture will analyze the Israeli perspectives on the political process that led to the failure of the Oslo Accord of 1993. Bialer's work is based on more than a dozen in-depth interviews with politicians, civil servants and former military officers who have been deeply involved with the issue. The interviews were conducted during 2002-03 at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University as part of a comprehensive research project entitled 'What Went Wrong with Oslo?'. The interviews shed light on the complexities of the process viewed from Jerusalem and the ex post facto verdict of policymakers about the differential responsibilities for the collapse of the most comprehensive effort to bring Palestinian and Israelis together. Uri Bialer is a Professor of International Relations at the Hebew University, Jerusalem, Israel. A graduate in history and political science and the recipient of the International Relations department's first graduate degree, Professor Bialer completed his doctorate at the London School of Economics in 1974, and has been on the faculty at the Hebrew University since 1975. He has served as a Research Fellow at Oxford University and at the British Academy in London, as well as being a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. He has also served as a Senior Research Officer at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Professor Bialer's main field of interest is the foreign and defence policies of the state of Israel. His publications include: - Oil and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (London: St. Antony's College/Macmillan Series, 1999) - Between East and West: Israel's Foreign Policy Orientation, 1948-1956 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990) - The Shadow of the Bomber: The Fear of Air Attack and British Politics 1932-1939 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1980).