PRIO and the University of Oslo organized two seminars with Professor Avi Shlaim of the University of Oxford. Both seminars were chaired by Hilde Henriksen Waage. Avi Shlaim is one of the greatest capacities in research on the conflict in the Middle East. During his stay in Oslo, he gave two successful talks for audiences of 150-200 people.The Strategy of the Iron Wall: From Ze'ev Jabotinsky to Ariel Sharon
Tuesday 25 October 2005
Time: 15:00 -16:30
PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo

In this talk Avi Shlaim will offer an overview of Israel's policy towards the Palestine Arabs during the century of confrontation between them. He will begin with an exposition of the ideas of Ze'ev Jabotinsky on the need to deal with the Arabs from a position of unassailable military strength and then examine the application of the strategy of "the iron wall" by successive Israeli governments from 1948 to the present.

The Oslo Peace Process: Anatomy of Failure
Wednesday 26 October 2005
Time: 14:15-16:00
University of Oslo, Eilert Sundts hus (SV-bygget), auditorium 1

In this talk Avi Shlaim will trace the rise and fall of the Oslo peace process with a particular focus on the Camp David summit of July 2000. He will then examine critically some of the contending explanations for the breakdown of the peace process and the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa intifada. Professor Avi Shlaim is a Fellow of St Antony's College and a Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He is the holder of a British Academy Research Professorship in 2003-6. His books include Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine (1988); The Politics of Partition (1990 and 1998); War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History (1995); The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (2000).