Time and location

Monday, 21. Jänner 2013, 19:00 – 21:00
Diplomatic Academy, Festsaal, Favoritenstraße 15a, 1040 Wien 


Paneldiscussion with

Ghada Karmi, Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Adam Hanieh, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Chair: Helmut Krieger, Institute for International Development, University of Vienna

Welcome: Magda Seewald, VIDC/Wiener Institut

Languages: English and German with simultanious translation

Palestine – Beyond Neoliberalism, Occupation, and War



After 20 years since the Declaration of Principle has been signed in Oslo in 1993 one can observe that the current project of state formation in the West Bank and the asymmetric containment of the Gaza Strip have definitely led to nowhere, no solution, no peace. As opposed to developments in the Gaza Strip it seems that the West Bank first strategy by western powers as well as Israel is linking together two basic elements: implementing a development agenda that seems to be biased strongly neoliberal and supporting the current political as well as economic elites in Ramallah without guaranteeing an independent Palestinian state.
Given this short description of some current developments in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT), the following questions will be discussed at the evening event:

  • What does ‘neoliberal development’ in the OPT mean? What are its contradictions and limits? How can it be linked to the Arab uprisings?
  • What are basic preconditions as a necessary way forward towards a just solution? How can such a solution be conceptualized from a political-economic perspective?


Ghada Karmi

She is a leading British-Palestinian academic and writer. Currently she is a research fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in England. From 1999 to 2001 she was an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where she led a major project on Israel-Palestinian reconciliation. Prior to that she practised as a doctor for many years working as a specialist in the health of migrants and refugees. She held a number of research appointments on Middle Eastern politics and culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and in the Universities of Durham and Leeds.

She is the author of a memoir, 'In Search of Fatima: a Palestinian story' (2002), 'Married to another man: Israel’s dilemma in Palestine' (2007) and 'The One-state solution' in Journal of Plaestine Studies, vol XL, No.2, 2011, 62-77, among other publication.

Adam Hanieh

He is a Lecturer in Development Studies at the Department of Development Studies at SOAS. Prior to joining SOAS, Adam taught at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. From 1997-2003, he worked in the NGO and public sectors in Ramallah, Palestine, He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University, Canada (2009). He is the author of 'Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States' (2011), 'International financial institutions and Egypt.' In: African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions (1011) and 'Finance, oil and the Arab uprisings: the global crisis and the Gulf states' in: Socialist Register, 48 (2012), among other publication.

Helmut Krieger

He is a social scientist at the Institute of International Development at the University of Vienna. Currently he is engaged in a university cooperation project with the Centre for Development Studies at Birzeit University in the West Bank (cds-ie.univie.ac.at/en/home.html), funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation. His main research areas are the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, movement of political Islam in the Arab world, critical state theory and postcolonial theory.