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Olive Tree Initiative At UCLA To Host Israeli Peace Negotiator Dr. Gershon Baskin To Discuss Secret Lessons of Back-Channel Negotiations

Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) at UCLA will host Dr. Gershon Baskin, Ph.D. The title of Dr. Baskin's talk is "The Secret Conduit to Freedom: The Story of the Secret Negotiations Between Israel and Hamas."
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    IRVINE, CA, February 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dr. Baskin will speak on the secret negotiations between Israel and Hamas that led to the release of Gilead Schalit; he will discuss the possibility of a two-state solution and he will discuss the lessons learned from the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Dr.Baskin is the former Israeli Co-Director and founder of the Israel/Palestinian Center for Research and information (IPCRI) - a joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think and "do"-tank located in Jerusalem. Dr. Baskin was the lead initiator and the person responsible for the secret back channel negotiations between Israel and Hamas that successfully led to the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilead Schalit in October 2012. Dr. Baskin has served as the Ministry of Education and as Executive Director of the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence (established by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Prime Minister's Office).

DATE: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
LOCATION: UCLA, Humanities, Room 135

The Olive Tree Initiative is an educational program designed to promote conflict analysis and resolution through Experiential Education by providing students and community with the education, training and experiences needed to better negotiate and solve conflicts. Since 2007, OTI has expanded to six UC campuses (UC Irvine, 
UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley 
and UC San Diego) with strong community support groups. 
OTI has chapters at Stanford, San Diego State University and 
emerging chapters at universities in Washington, DC and London. 

OTI has led eight trips to the Middle East, primarily in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan and one trip to Turkey and Armenia.

OTI alumni have written for the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and Foreign Policy. Over 60% of OTI alumni work professionally in international affairs and in conflict resolution after going through the OTI program.

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