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Yael Zeira Lecture

"Assessing the Impact of International Recognition on Conflict Attitudes"

Yael ZeiraYael Zeira

Thursday, March 14, 12:00 noon
422 North Hall
1050 Bascom Mall, CAMPUS

Yael Zeira is Minerva Postdoctoral Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.  She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University in 2012, and in Fall, 2013, she will be Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi.  Her research agenda explores the sources and dynamics of political conflict and violence in the context of the Middle East, with a focus on the political behavior, attitudes and identities of ordinary individuals during times of conflict. 

Dr. Zeira's talk will examine the effect of the recent United Nations General Assembly decision to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state on Palestinian public opinion, including support for territorial compromise, support for the use of violence, inter-religious relations, and the role of religion in mediating the changes that took place. The report presents data from research undertaken by Dr. Zeira and Professor Nadav Shelef of UW-Madison on the impact of U.N. resolutions about Palestine's status on Palestinian attitudes towards religion, inter-group relations, and conflict resolution, a study funded in part by a grant from the Lubar Institute.

Sponsored by the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, and held under the combined auspices of the Political Science Department’s International Relations and Comparative Politics Colloquia.