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Can Obama Broker Arab-Israeli Peace?

April 1, 2013

Neil Tickner, 301-405-4622
Laura Ours, 301-405-5722

Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development program


Former U.S. officials and a leading PBS journalist will discuss timely topics on U.S. involvement in Arab-Israeli diplomacy with the University of Maryland's Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, with opening remarks by Dr. Jehan Sadat, former first lady of Egypt. One of UMD's premier international events, the 2013 Sadat Forum is convening in coordination with the release of The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace: 1989–2011, with co-authors Daniel Kurtzer and Shibley Telhami available for discussion. This event coincides with Secretary of State John Kerry's recent visit to Israel; the panelists will discuss his new role and the significance of his visit to the region. Approximately 250 attendees will include guests from think tanks and the diplomatic community, as well as members of the university community.

The Forum is sponsored by the University of Maryland's Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Sadat Chair Shibley Telhami will moderate the event.

A public reception and book signing will follow the event.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 4 p.m.


Dance Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park 20742
Directions and parking information:


The event is free and open to the public. Audience members are requested to RSVP online at Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Laura Ours at


  • Daniel Kurtzer: S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Princeton University; Former United States Ambassador to Israel and to Egypt
  • Dr. Jehan Sadat: former first lady of Egypt and Associate Resident Scholar, University of Maryland
  • Shibley Telhami: Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings
  • Margaret Warner: Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
  • Tamara Cofman Wittes: Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

About the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development and the Sadat Forum

The goals of the Anwar Sadat Chair, and of the professor who occupies it, are to further the dialogue for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world; to bridge the gap that often occurs between the academic and policy worlds, bringing the policy community of Washington, D.C. in closer touch with the latest research findings; and to maintain an active and rigorous research agenda. Professor Shibley Telhami was invested on October 7, 1997 as the first Sadat Professor.

Through the Sadat Forum, the community of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Dr. Jehan Sadat continue to honor the peacemaking legacy of Dr. Sadat's late husband, Anwar Sadat, the third president of Egypt. The Sadat Forum was organized a decade ago and supplements the Sadat Lecture for Peace, which has hosted renowned speakers including Nelson Mandela, President Carter, Kofi Anan, Henry Kissinger, and Madeline Albright. On May 7, 2013, the Sadat Lecture will be delivered at 10 a.m. in UMD's Comcast Center by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (see for more information).