Salam Fayyad

  • Has Trump Shut the Door to Middle East Peace With Closure of Palestinian Office?

    US-Palestinian relationship is ‘broken,’ says former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad


    The decision by US President Donald J. Trump’s administration to close the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is a symptom of a “completely dysfunctional and broken relationship” between the United States and the Palestinians, says Salam Fayyad, a former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority who is currently a distinguished statesman at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

    The Trump administration’s decision was announced in a statement from the State Department as well as in remarks by senior administration officials on September 10.

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  • Saudi-Iran Rivalry Keeps Oil Prices Down

    Gulf states seen eager to put ‘fiscal squeeze’ on Iran

    The regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran—the two main producers in a global oil cartel—has become a significant factor behind the sharp decline in oil prices that has also kept rates at historic lows.

    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf oil-producing countries have watched with growing trepidation as Iran declared its intention to ramp up oil production once free of the restrictions imposed by international sanctions. Those sanctions, related to Iran’s nuclear program, are being stripped away under the terms of a nuclear deal the Islamic Republic reached with the P5+1 countries—the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, and Germany—in July of 2015.

    Saudi Arabia is uncertain about what the nuclear deal will mean for Iranian oil policy, said Raad Alkadiri, Managing Director of Petroleum Sector Risk at IHS Energy. This uncertainty, coupled with the...

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  • Farewell to Victimhood

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    In the wake of mounting violence and unrest in the Palestinian territories and Israel over the past three months, over forty thousand Palestinians have taken to the streets to protest Israel's occupation and its policies in Jerusalem. Reuters recently reported that 24 Israelis and at least 142 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since the beginning of October 2015. The uprising, led by young Palestinians, is taking place against the backdrop of stalled negotiations over a two-state solution and increasing disillusionment with the Palestinian Authority.

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  • Fayyad: What Palestinians Need to do to Fulfil Their Quest for Statehood

    Brent Scowcroft Center Distinguished Statesman Salam Fayyad writes for The Elders on the Palestinian path to statehood:

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  • Airstrikes will Strengthen ISIS, says Fayyad

    Former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister says root causes must be addressed


    The ongoing coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham will do very little to destroy the militant group and may, in fact, enhance its ability to recruit more fighters, according to Salam Fayyad, a former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.

    ISIS is a “nonstate actor” and it will be “very, very difficult to win a war in a decisive way,” Fayyad said at the Atlantic Council on February 11.

    “We need to begin to look at the content of the military component of the effort so far…If it continues to be of the kind that has been taking place for the past six months, it is not out of the question that this kind of intervention could actually reinforce ISIS’ hand and make it stronger and better able to recruit more fighters,” he added.

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  • Fayyad: Oslo Is Dead

    Brent Scowcroft Center Distinguished Statesman Salam Fayyad writes for Foreign Affairs on how to fix the Israeli-Palestinian peace process:

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  • Column: Epitaph for Gaza: Just Another Cease-fire?

    Among the casualties of the latest Gaza war were nine relatives of a journalist colleague of mine, Asmaa al-Ghoul. They died Sunday, just a day before Israel and Hamas finally accepted a three-day truce.

    Two missiles fired by a U.S.-supplied Israeli F-16 collapsed their one-story house in the Rafah refugee camp, killing Asmaa's uncle, Ismail, his wife, Khadra, their two sons, Wael and Mohammed, their two daughters, Hanadi and Asmaa, and Wael's three children, Ismail, Malik and Mustafa, the last only 24 days old. According to my colleague, none of them were members of Hamas or any other Palestinian political faction.

    It is easy to be cynical about this latest orgy of Middle Eastern violence. Why single out nine deaths when...

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  • Salam Fayyad: To Halt Gaza’s War, Offer the Palestinians a Future

    Former Palestinian Prime Minister Speaks at Atlantic Council


    As Gaza’s agony deepens amid the warfare between Hamas and Israel, US and other diplomats are groping for some way to stop the bloodshed. But the only chance to achieve even the most basic cease-fire will be with some agreement that revives for Palestinians at least a glimmer of their virtually extinguished hopes to someday live in a Palestinian state. That was the message of the former Palestinian prime minister, Dr. Salam Fayyad, July 31 at the Atlantic Council.


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  • Gaza: Breaking the Vicious Cycle, A Conversation with Dr. Salam Fayyad

    The Atlantic Council welcomed Dr. Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority and new Atlantic Council distinguished statesman, on Thursday, July 31, 2014 for a discussion on the current state of affairs in Gaza and the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations.


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  • Atlantic Council Names Salam Fayyad as Distinguished Statesman

    Atlantic Council Names Salam Fayyad as Distinguished Statesman
    Fayyad to speak on Gaza crisis at July 31 Atlantic Council event in DC 

    WASHINGTON - The Atlantic Council today named Dr. Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, as Atlantic Council distinguished statesman in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

    Dr. Fayyad will address issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian relationship and the peace process, regional security, including the rise of nonstate actors and related challenges, renewable energy, and economic development issues.

    “I’m thrilled to welcome Prime Minister Fayyad to the Council and to our Scowcroft Center’s important Middle East Peace and Security Initiative,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council president and CEO. “His vast expertise and very impressive record will help the Council to further contribute to critical policy...

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