The “Abraham Accords”: Implications for Human Rights, a Just Peace, and US Policy

02 May 2023


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh:

With the normalization of relations between Israel and some Arab countries moving at a relatively fast pace, and with the Abraham Accords having taken over a significant proportion of US policy conversations and priorities for the region, there is a great need to provide a detailed and objective assessment of this new policy direction and its potential impacts and implications.

Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) and the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) are hosting a half-day conference to discuss the implications of these agreements for human rights and democracy across the region, as well as for US policies and priorities, regional and global alliances, and the future of both peace and Palestinian human rights. The conference panels will also include an examination of the diplomatic, economic, military, and technological components of these newly established relations, the motivations of each of the countries involved, and an overall assessment of the future of the Abraham Accords. RSVP now!

Panel 1: Normalization and Human Rights
9:00am - 10:30am
This panel will assess the current scale, scope, and US role in Arab normalization with Israel, and will explore its implications for regional alliances and geopolitical dynamics. The discussion will also examine the impact of normalization agreements on human rights violations and authoritarianism in the region, with a particular focus on the sale of weapons and technologies that facilitate repression.

Dana El-Kurd
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Richmond; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC
Marwa Fatafta
MENA Policy Manager, Access Now; Policy Analyst, Al-Shabaka - The Palestinian Policy Network
Eitay Mack
Israeli Lawyer and Human Rights Activist
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Non-resident Senior Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC; Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute, Rice University
Tamara Kharroub – Moderator
Deputy Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC

Panel 2: A Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
This panel will look at the implications of the Abraham Accords and normalization agreements for both Palestinian rights and a just and lasting peace, and at how relations between the Palestinian Authority and Arab regimes impact and are impacted by normalization agreements, the future of US policy toward Palestine/Israel, the prospect of a two-state solution, and long-term US interests.

Diana Buttu
Lawyer and Former Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization
Zaha Hassan
Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Josh Ruebner
Director of Government Relations, Institute for Middle East Understanding
Lara Friedman – Moderator
President, Foundation for Middle East Peace

Toward a US Policy for a Just and Democratic Peace: A Conversation with Shibley Telhami
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Shibley Telhami
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland; Academic Advisory Board Member, Arab Center Washington DC

Yousef Munayyer – Moderator
Non-resident Senior Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sponsored By: 
FMEP & The Arab Center Washington DC