Middlebury

Distinguished foreign policy expert William Quandt to speak about Arab-Israeli negotiations April 13

March 28, 2008

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - On Sunday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., University of Virginia Professor of Politics William B. Quandt will present a lecture titled "Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Guidelines for a New Administration" in Room 216 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125). The event is the 21st annual Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies, and is free and open to the public.

Quandt joined the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia in 1994.  From 2000-2003, he served as Vice Provost for International Affairs. He currently teaches courses on the Middle East and American foreign policy.

Prior to joining University of Virginia, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, where he conducted research on the Middle East, American policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict, and energy policy. He has also been an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, an employee of the Rand Corporation in the Department of Social Science, and has taught at UCLA and MIT.

From 1972-1979, Quandt served on the National Security Council. He was actively involved in negotiations that informed the Camp David Accords and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty.

Quandt has written numerous books, and his articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications. Recent publications include "Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1967" (2005, third edition); "Between Ballots and Bullets: Algeria's Transition from Authoritarianism" (1998); and "The United States and Egypt: An Essay on Policy for the 1990s" (1990). He has received a number of research grants, including a Social Science Research Council International Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the National Defense Education Act Fellowship.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the board of the American University in Cairo and the Foundation for Middle East Peace. In 2004, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2005 he received the All-University Teaching Award at the University of Virginia.

Quandt received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University and his doctorate in political science from MIT.

The Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies was established in 1987 by Hannah A. Quint and her son Eliot Levinson of Middlebury's class of 1964. The mandate of the lectureship is to provoke thought in the college, the community and the region on issues of the moment in Jewish history, religion and culture. The event is sponsored by the Middlebury College Religion Department and the Program in Jewish Studies.  

For more information, contact Charlene Barrett in the
Middlebury College Department of Religion at cmbarret@middlebury.edu or 802-443-5289.