Past eventResearch Event

Jerusalem: The Cost of Failure

24 February 2010 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Mick Dumper, Professor in Middle East Politics, University of Exeter
Dr Wendy Pullan, Senior Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Rami Nasrallah, Head, International Peace and Cooperation Center
Dr Menachem Klein, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Studies, Bar Ilan University
Ray Dolphin, UN-OCHA, Jerusalem
Chair: Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



Jerusalem is an iconic city for many, and its status under any two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains contentious. Yet the lack of progress in the negotiations towards this proposed agreement has become notorious, it has also obscured that fact that the conflict in the city itself is not static. Drawing upon research on other divided cities, the speakers will argue that Israeli policies of settlement and segregation mean the prospect of a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem is fading rapidly, whilst parts of the city of Jerusalem face abandonment and decline.

This meeting will also mark the launch of the new Chatham House Briefing Paper, 'Jerusalem: The Cost of Failure' authored by the speakers.

Mick Dumper is Professor of Middle East Politics at Exeter University. His main area of research has been on Final Status Issues in the Middle East Peace Process and he is the author of The Future of the Palestinian Refugees: Towards Equity and Peace (2007) and The Politics of Sacred Space: The Old City of Jerusalem and the Middle East Conflict (2001)

Dr Wendy Pullan is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College. She is Principal Investigator of 'Conflict in Cities and the Contested State'. Her research focuses on cities and their institutions, especially in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.