Camp David at Forty - Lessons and Prospects

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Time: Tuesday, 28 May 2019 10:00-16:00
Place: Norwegian Nobel Institute, Henrik Ibsens gate 51, 0255 Oslo

Camp David at Forty - Lessons and Prospects
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shake hands at the conclusion of the Camp David Peace Accords signing ceremony. Photo: US National Archives and Records Administration CC
PRIO, in collaboration with the Norwegian Nobel Institute and the University of Oslo, presents a seminar on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, commonly referred to as the 'Camp David Accords'.

The accords were the first major diplomatic breakthrough of the Arab-Israeli conflict. But they bear a mixed legacy.

The event ensured a lasting peace between Egypt and Israel, effectively blocking the possibility of another inter-state war between Israel and its Arab neighbors. However, it also indefinitely postponed a solution to the Palestinian question by enhancing Israel's control over the occupied territories.

Marking the 40 year anniversary of the accords, some of the world's leading experts have been invited. William Quandt, Seth Anziska, Jeremy Pressman, Jørgen Jensehaugen, Louise Fischer, Craig Daigle and others will contribute to the programme.

A high-level panel consisting of Jonas Gahr Støre, Jan Egeland and Jan Petersen  will discuss the prospects for a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Full programme below.

We hope that you will be there too.  Doors open and coffee is served from 09.30. Lunch will be served, but please inform us of any dietary restrictions.
Registration is mandatory - tickets are free.


Olav Njølstad, Director, The Norwegian Nobel Institute

Panel I
Lessons from Camp David – Hope for a peaceful solution?

Sigurd Falkenberg Mikkelsen, Former NRK Middle East correspondent
Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian
Refugee Council
Jan Petersen, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former leader of the Norwegian Conservative Party
Moderator: Hilde Henriksen Waage, Professor, UiO

Panel II
What happened at Camp David? 13 days that changed the Middle East.
William B. Quandt, Professor, University of Virginia
Louise Fischer, Senior Editor, Israeli State Archives
Craig Daigle, Associate Professor,City College of New York

Moderator: Jørgen Jensehaugen, Senior Researcher, PRIO

Coffee Break

Panel III
14.15-16.00How did the peace negotiations affect the Palestinians? 
Jørgen Jensehaugen, Senior Researcher, PRIO
Seth Anziska, Lecturer, University College London
Jeremy Pressman, Associate Professor, 
University of Connecticut

Moderator: Olav Njølstad, Director, 
The Norwegian Nobel Institute