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Khalil Shikaki is a professor of political science and director of the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah). He has a PhD in political science from Columbia University and has taught at several Palestinian and U.S. universities. His research has focused on the peace process, Palestinian state-building, public opinion, the transition to democracy and the impact of domestic Palestinian politics on the peace process. His recent publications include “Coping with the Arab Spring: Palestinian domestic and regional ramifications” (Middle East Brief no. 58); Public Opinion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Public Imperative during the Second Intifada , with Yaacov Shamir (Indiana University Press), and Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East , with Abdel Monem Said Aly and Shai Feldman (Palgrave Macmillan).

Research areas:  Middle East and North Africa

Publications

Changing the status quo: what directions for Palestinians?
Israel & Palestine_Rusty Stewart_(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Khalil Shikaki 29 May 2016
As they approach the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation, and twenty-three years after the signing of the Oslo agreement, Palestinians have concluded that the Oslo process is no longer able to deliver independence or end of occupation. more  
The “Jewish state”: what’s in the name?
Israel 14.10. (15) by Michael Panse with CC Licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael-panse-mdl/4011441085/in/photolist-77xCkY-77xT8f-77xAa3-77tBxR-77yfRf-77tzUT-77ydW9-77u7Wa-77ud9r-77xPDC-77xGpb-77tMqH-77tFFk-77xDGu-77yhqq-77tNjR-77xFr7-77xFZd-77ymQN-77y72y-77tSu8-77xuNE-77yniN-77y1qL-77ybdL-77xS3s-77ykqJ-77u6ge-77xDfU-77tPuV-77xKLw-77tJHv-77un6n-77tQJM-77xJxJ-77y9KW-77y3n3-77yjbm-77ucxX-77ydtj-77xTZf-77tBX6-77xRcA-77u6TF-77xMVy-77y7t1-77xY6C-77xVTL-77tQip-77yaHh Khalil Shikaki 16 December 2014
In November 2014 Netanyahu introduced legislation that sought to define Israel as the nation state of the Jews, emphasising that only Jews will have national rights in the state of Israel, while all others, including the country’s Arab citizens, would only enjoy personal rights. more  
After the Gaza war: what directions for Israel and Palestine?
Gaza by Julio Muñiz Padilla under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/legalcode Khalil Shikaki 19 August 2014
As efforts to stabilise the Gaza front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continue in Cairo, the impact of this third Gaza war on the larger conflict could be ominous. Coming just a few months after the collapse of U.S. efforts led by Secretary of State John Kerry to broker a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the future o... more  
Gaza war II: Hamas's tough choices
A demonstration in the village of Qaddum was subject to an extensive tear gas attack by the Israeli army, 16 Nov 2012, by Tal King Photograhper under CC license on Flickr Khalil Shikaki 4 December 2012
The November 2012 Gaza war has confronted Hamas with two contradictory impulses: abandon Iran in favour of gaining a de facto state in Gaza or cement its relations with Iran, but lose the momentum to build a state in Gaza. A decision to abandon Iran would weaken Hamas's ability to confront Israel in the inevitable next round of hostili... more  
The future of Israel-Palestine: a one-state reality in the making
Jerusalem by Michael Tyler Khalil Shikaki 14 May 2012
With no agreement on a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in sight, one-state dynamics are gaining momentum – a development that will be difficult to reverse or even contain. In the medium and long term, no one benefits from such a development. An ugly one-state dynamic has no happy ending. more  
For lack of a better alternative, Palestinians go to the UN
Mahmoud Abbas (left), President of the National Palestinian Authority, delivers an application for full Palestinian membership in the United Nations to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Khalil Shikaki 29 September 2011
Having lost confidence in the peace process, Palestinians, who normally do not view the UN as an effective conflict resolution instrument, seem to fully support their leadership's decision to seek UN membership and recognition. Fully aware of the harsh consequences that might follow, the Palestinian public seems to prefer these consequ... more  

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