As part of a larger series of films, lec­tures and dis­cus­sions on the Middle East, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity hosted Rami George Khouri and Yorman Meital to talk on the 1978 Camp David accords. Close to 200 stu­dents, fac­ulty and mem­bers of the public attended Camp David: 30 Years Later, a dis­cus­sion pre­sented by Cinema Studies, Middle East Studies Pro­gram, Middle East Center for Peace, Cul­ture and Devel­op­ment, Jewish Studies Pro­gram and the Center for Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Studies at Northeastern.

North­eastern polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Denis Sul­livan mod­er­ated the dis­cus­sion between Khouri and Meital, fol­lowed by a ques­tion and answer ses­sion that stu­dents eagerly took advan­tage of.

It was a very thoughtful and intel­li­gent, if not bril­liant dis­cus­sion by both scholars,” Sul­livan said. “There was almost not enough time,” he said. “Even after we for­mally broke up, there was a rush to the front because stu­dents wanted to ask more questions.”

Rami George Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Insti­tute of Public Policy and Inter­na­tional Affairs at Amer­ican Uni­ver­sity of Beirut and Yoram Meital, director of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplo­macy at Ben-​​Gurion Uni­ver­sity of the Negev, dis­cussed the 1978 Camp David accords, the basis of the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt as well as former pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter’s lead­er­ship as an “honest broker” between the two countries.

Khouri brought his expe­ri­ence as the editor at large and former exec­u­tive editor of the Beirut-​​base Daily Star news­paper to the dis­cus­sion. Khouri also served as editor-​​in-​​chief of the Jordan Times for seven years.

Meital focuses his research on pol­i­tics, cul­ture and nation­alism in the Middle East, with a spe­cific emphasis on Egypt. He has explored var­ious aspects of the Israel-​​Arab con­flict including the rela­tion­ship between Israel and Egypt. Meital is the author of: Peace in Tat­ters: Israel, Pales­tine and the Middle East and Egypt’s Struggle for Peace: Con­ti­nuity and Change, 1967–1977.

Camp David: 30 Years Later was part of Northeastern’s pro­gram, “The Middle East: Focus on Israel and Pales­tine.” On Thursday, October 30, 2008, mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity and the public can watch Kippur, a movie set in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights, in 90 Snell Library from 3:00 p.m. through 5:15 p.m.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Rachel Lin­berger at 617–373-5471 orr.​linberger@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.