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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - Government of Canada

Canadian International Development Agency
Canadian International Development Agency

International Development Research Centre
International Development Research Centre

Centre for International Governance Innovation
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs: Princeton University
Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs: Princeton University

Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground

The Toledo International Centre for Peace

The Toledo International Centre for Peace




The University of Windsor

Research Partners

The following list comprises the many valuable contributors to our Initiative, including members of the Working Groups, participants in our conferences and workshops and specialists who have contributed to this process through commissioned papers

Ora Ahimeir: Director General for the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies for the past twenty years, Aheimer initiated the Jerusalem Institute’s think tank for peace arrangements in Jerusalem. One of her more recent books is One Hundred Years of Cultural Creativity in Eretz Israel (2000).

Nazmi Al'Ju'beh: Professor of History and Archaeology at Birzeit University in Jerusalem and Co-Director of RIWAQ, a Ramallah based centre for Palestinian historical and architectural conservation. He has been involved in several joint dialogue groups discussing the status of Jerusalem, participated in the Geneva Initiative talks, and was a delegate to the Bilateral Peace Negotiations in Washington (1992-94).

Roy Amore: Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor, Amore's research focuses on the issue of religion and politics in the Middle East and Asia. The author of several books, he is currently working on his latest, Religion and Politics, which will be published in 2009 and will focus on various religious movements which seek to shape politics and public policy.

Reuven Berko: Colonel and former Advisor for Arab Affairs to the Israeli Ministry of Police in Jerusalem, Berko is an expert on the security issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Roy Berlinquette: A consultant on police and public safety with BMCI Consulting Inc. Ottawa, Formerly Deputy Commissioner for the North West Region of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Berlinquette is deeply involved with peace building efforts in North Ireland as a member of the Office of the Oversight Commission on Police Reform.

Marshall Breger: A professor of law at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Breger was a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. from 1993-95. He is the author (with Tom Idinopolis) of a monograph, Jerusalem's Holy Places and the Peace Process, (Washington Institute of Near East Policy, 1998), and editor (with Ora Ahimeir) of  Jerusalem: A City and Its Future (Syracuse University Press, 2002).

David Cameron: Chair of the University of Toronto's Political Science Department and former Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Strategic and Constitutional Planning, Cameron has worked extensively on federalism, Quebec nationalism, constitutional renewal and increasingly international and comparative studies. A former Halbert Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Cameron is currently participating in UN projects in Sri Lanka, Iraq and Nepal.

Moti Cristal: An expert in conflict management and a fellow at the Institute for Counterterrorism at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center, he has experience as a member of Israeli negotiating teams during peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Yasser Dajani: Former Palestinian security consultant for the Negotiations Affairs Department, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), he is now a Middle East and Africa Consultant at a business risk consultancy firm in England.

Anwar Darkazally: Formerly lawyer and advisor to the PLO Negotiations Support Unit, he has been involved with policy preparation for negotiations dealing with the status of Jerusalem. Today Darkazally is political advisor with the office of the United Nations Special Representative for the Occupied Territories. He has contributed to the Palestinian case before the International Court of Justice against the construction of the West Bank Barrier.

John De Chastelain: An Officer of the Order of Canada and a former Chief of the Canadian Defence Staff, General De Chastelain is a highly decorated authority on conflict resolution. The recipient of honourary degrees in military science and law, he is Chair of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning tasked with disarming paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland.

Lynn Swartz Dodd: lecturer at Dornsite College, University of Southern California. Dodd's research centers on ancient innovation and social change with a particular interest on the interaction of technology, communication and ritual in the Ancient Near East and Egypt. She also investigate the uses of the past in ancient and modern societies, especially in connection to processes of social change. Dodd, who has a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, is the Curator of USC's Archaeology Research Center, where she engages in technical material studies, excavation publication projects, and lasers and new imaging techniques in archaeological research and conservation.

Tim Donais: Former Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor, Dr. Donais specializes in peace and conflict studies. His research focuses on peacebuilding, post-conflict policing, and the rule of law in post-war environments. 

Michael Dumper: Professor of Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, Dr. Dumper's research has focused on permanent status issues. He has authored a number of works including The Politics of Jerusalem Since 1967 and Contesting Sacred Space: The Struggle for the Old City of Jerusalem. Professor Dumper was a partner in the Initiative from January 2006 - January 2009.

Marketa Evans: Executive Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. An expert on the theory and history of the international system, she focuses on the concept of global corporate citizenship and the divergent roles of non-state actors in international development.

Lara Friedman: Government Relations Director for Americans for Peace Now, Friedman is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, with postings in Khartoum, Jerusalem, Tunis, Beirut and Washington D.C

Jonathan Gillis: An expert on Jerusalem, Gillis is a Senior Associate at Aaronsohn, Sher, Aboulafia, Amoday and Co., Law Offices and chairman of Bizchut, the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities.

Peri Golan: A senior security expert and former Head of Counter Terrorism in the Israeli Shin Bet, Golan's research specializes in the security aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Leonard Hammer: Senior Lecturer at Zefat College, Israel.  Dr Hammer has published books and articles in the area of international law and international human rights, including the 2001 book The International Human Right to Freedom of Conscience (Ashgate).

Manuel Hassassian: Ambassador/Palestinian General Delegate to the United Kingdom and former Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University, Dr. Hassassian has spent over twenty-five years within Palestinian academia. He is author of over one hundred reviews, articles and publications.

Paul Heinbecker: Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and Germany, he is the Director of the Laurier Centre for Global Relations and Distinguished Fellow at the independent research Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Heinbecker edited the book: Irrelevant or Indispensable? The United Nations in the 21st Century.

Shira Herzog: A former executive director of the Canada-Israel Committee, Herzog is an expert on public policy issues, Herzog is executive vice-president for the Kahanoff Foundation, and member of the Advisory Council for Queen's University School of Policy Studies. Active in fundraising for non-profit organizations, she is a regular commentator in the Globe and Mail and co-hosts a weekly television show Israel Today.

Rosemary Hollis: Director of Research for the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, and specialist on Middle East politics. Dr. Hollis’ research has focused on Palestinian refugees.

Art Hughes: A scholar with the Middle East Institute's Public Policy Centre, he was Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai (1998-2004). Ambassador Hughes has been Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for the Near East and South Asia.

Hiba Husseini: Managing partner of the law firm Husseini and Husseini, Husseini has provided strategy advice to agencies of the Palestinian Authority and has focused extensively on issues of corporate governance, rule of law, and water/environmental issues. A legal advisor to the Palestinian Negotiations Team in the Olso, Stockholm and Camp David processes, she is Chairman of Al-Mustakbal Foundation, the first think tank in Palestine to deal with public-private sector issues, policy formulation and advocacy.

Issa Kassassiyeh: Deputy Chief of Staff to the Palestinian President with a specialty on Jerusalem, he has been a policy analyst with the PLO's Negotiation Affairs Department and was International Office Director of Orient House.

Menachem Klein: Professor of Politics at Bar-Ilan University, he is also a Senior Research Fellow at that Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. Dr. Klein is a former advisor to former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, and was involved in the development of the Geneva Initiative and was engaged in talks with the Palestinian Authority from 1999-2001. He has authored a number of books on Jerusalem and the peace process.

Israel Kimhi: A former Jerusalem senior city planner, Kimhi is currently a member of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. He has authored several works, including Arab Building in Jerusalem: 1967-1997 and a recent study gauging the effect of the wall on sectarian relations in Jerusalem.

Daniel Kurtzer: The S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton, Kurtzer held several senior positions within the US Department of State, including Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005) and Egypt (1997-2001). An architect of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, he has been directly involved with every phase of negotiations for the last fifteen years.

Ruth Lapidoth: Professor and Chair of International Law at the Concord School of Law and member of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, she is an expert on sovereignty and the legal aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with a focus on Jerusalem. She has authored several studies, including: The Jerusalem Question and its Resolution (1994) and The Old City of Jerusalem (2002).

Pini Maidan-Shani: Foreign Policy Advisor to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, he was a prominent member of the Israeli negotiating team during the Oslo process. He is an expert in counter-terrorism, stemming from over 25 years of experience in the Israeli Air Force and Israeli security services.

Mazen Qupty: Lawyer and political commentator, he is a board member of the Khalil Sakani Palestinian Cultural Center. He is involved with legal issues surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and has recently represented Christian churches within Jerusalem.

Jibril Rajoub: Former National Security Advisor for the Preventative Security Service to the Palestinian President, he is a senior actor in Palestinian politics and still active in preventative security.

Yitzhak Reiter: Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science of Ashkelon Academic College and teaches also at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is also a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies and the Harry S.  Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. 

Daniel Seideman: Lawyer and expert on Jerusalem's municipal operations, urban planning and residency rights, he appeared several times before the Israeli Supreme Court to argue cases dealing with property. He is legal advisor to Ir Amim, an organization which actively examines issues within Jerusalem in order to improve Palestinian-Israeli relations.

Gilead Sher: Former Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator of Israel's Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Barak, Sher was chief negotiator in 1999-2001 at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks. He served under the late PM Rabin, as delegate to the Interim Agreement negotiations. He has authored numerous books on the Middle East peace process. Sher is currently senior partner at ASAA & Co. Law Offices, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Abdel Salam Sidahmed: Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor, Sidahmed's research focuses on Middle Eastern affairs, contemporary Islamism, human rights, and Diaspora studies. A Lecturer at the Universities of Cambridge, Durham and the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, he was also Director of the Middle East at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.

Anneke Smit: Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law. Her PhD (University of Reading) dealt with housing and property rights in post-conflict zones.  She is a former legal counsel of Canada's Justice Department and a former Visiting Fellow of Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre.

Salim Tamari: Associate Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University and Director of the Institute for Jerusalem Studies, he has published numerous works including several on Jerusalem. He participated in multilateral peace talks following the Madrid Conference.

Shadia Touqan: Architect and urban planner, she is Director of the Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization Project at the Welfare Organization and has managed over 160 projects to restore and provide maintenance to East Jerusalem structures. Her expertise extends to urban centres throughout the West Bank. 

David Viveash: Canadian Representative to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah (2006-2008), Canada's first resident Ambassador to Libya (2003-2006) and Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy to Israel (1995-1998).

Jodi White: President of the Public Policy Forum and former Chief of Staff to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, White has spent her career dealing with Canadian and international issues as a public servant, political consultant and journalist. White has also been decorated with several national awards including Pearson Peace Medal, the Hy Solomon Award for Public Policy Journalism and the Michener Award for Journalism Studies.