Join Coracle and Telos for a conversation with Vesna Tift, a survivor of the Yugoslav wars, on her experiences and work ministering to young adults and children suffering from trauma related to the conflict. In an interview moderated by Bill Haley, Executive Director of Coracle, Vesna will share lessons learned on peacemaking and reconciliation in a circumstance of seemingly intractable conflict.
Join us for a live screening and training on the short film Purple, a new short documentary from political mediation organization and Telos partner, Resetting The Table, and Emmy award-winning Transient Pictures. Purple presents a rare political conversation that uplifts, provokes, and inspires while going toward the heat of passionate political differences in rural Wisconsin and Iowa—a swing region in two bordering swing states.
We’ll screen the short film after which Rabbi Melissa Weintraub — Co-Executive Director of Resetting the Table and one of the creators of Purple — will walk through a suggested post-screening process that participants can bring back to their own communities to spark dialogue and build connection across lines of difference. Come prepared to participate in skill-building and other exercises for productive conversations across political disagreement!
With a new Presidency and Democrats in charge of both Houses of Congress, the coming months will likely see shifts in US foreign policy. The Biden Administration has already pledged to “reimagine” national security, mend relations with allies, and drive more multinational cooperation around shared threats. Yet given the increasing domestic turmoil at home, and the Democrats’ razor thin margins in Congress, shifts in foreign policy may not be as dramatic as expected. This is particularly true when it comes to Israel/Palestine, where this administration may have disagreed with many of the previous administration’s actions—such as the Jerusalem embassy move—but may do little to reverse them.
Join us for a conversation with Martin S. Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and current distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, as we’ll dive deeply into some of these policy questions. We’ll listen to deeply understand these larger trends so that we as peacemakers might gain greater clarity on our role. Moderating will be Telos President and Co-founder Greg Khalil.
Martin S. Indyk is distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was the John C. Whitehead Distinguished Fellow in International Diplomacy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. From February 2015 to March 2018, he served as executive vice president of Brookings. Indyk served as the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014. Prior to his time as special envoy, he was vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program and a senior fellow and the founding director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.
What can a nonviolent protest movement in the occupied West Bank teach us about peacemaking? And what can coalitions across lines of difference accomplish when they hold a shared commitment to nonviolence and human rights? Join us as we host a live screening and discussion of the documentary film, Budrus and hear from Executive Director of Just Vision, the organization behind the film, Suhad Babaa to answer these questions and more!
Budrus is an award-winning documentary film about Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinian political factions and invites Israeli supporters to join an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Wall. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.
Suhad Babaa is a media strategist, producer, human rights advocate and the Executive Director of Just Vision, an organization that researches, documents and disseminates the stories of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality for all.
One of the key challenges in transforming long-running conflict is the creation of communities of ordinary citizens who understand that their own flourishing is tied to that of their neighbor even when their neighbor is also their adversary. These networks foster a culture of respect and mutuality that both generates pressure for and sustains the necessary systemic changes required to create security, dignity and freedom for all the people of the land, in equal measure.
Join us in conversation with Avi Meyerstein whose vision led to the creation of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) a coalition of over 125 organizations—and tens of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis—building people-to-people cooperation, coexistence, equality, shared society, mutual understanding, and peace among their communities. We’ll also be joined by ALLMEP U.S. Director Kevin Rachlin and Chief of Staff to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Andy Braner who will talk about the recent historic passage of the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act, which will direct $250 million toward peacebuilding efforts in Israel/Palestine.
Moderating with be Telos alumna Teresa Casale, advocacy director for Mina’s List, an organization that advances women’s participation in political leadership and peace processes around the world. Teresa has over ten years of experience advocating to the U.S. government, the United Nations, the World Bank, and other global entities. With a specialty in the U.S. Congress, Teresa has helped create, support, and pass multiple pieces of legislation including the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, the Women, Peace & Security Act, and the Afghan WIN (Women in Negotiations) Act.