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Nathan Stock, Director of the Carter Center Israel-Palestine Field Office, will discuss the recent history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  He will explore U.S. diplomacy and Palestinian expectations of the role the United States would play as the “honest broker” between the two sides.  He will conclude with an analysis of how U.S. policy is impacting the conflict today, with a focus on what this means for the PLO leadership.

Nathan Stock was appointed Director of The Carter Center Israel-Palestine Field Office in December 2013.  He leads Carter Center efforts to facilitate the reunification of the Palestinian political system, while helping to promote viable peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Stock joined The Carter Center in 2008 as an Assistant Director in the Conflict Resolution Program. He was based in Atlanta, GA, while traveling regularly to the Middle East. He designed and managed programming targeting the Fatah-Hamas conflict, supported Carter Center efforts to assert the sovereignty of a Palestinian state in international fora, and implemented programming to monitor and advance political solutions to the Syrian civil war.

Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Stock spent two years implementing a USAID-funded civil society strengthening program in Afghanistan. During the Al-Aqsa Intifada, he lived in the Gaza Strip, working with a Palestinian NGO to fundraise and design conflict resolution programs targeting the Palestinian community.  He has also taught English in Palestine and China.

Mr. Stock holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Colgate University and a master's degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University's School of International Service.