2 weeks, 4 classes, Wednesdays and Fridays, February 6, 8, 13, 15 1:00 – 3:00
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2017 was the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration, a pledge by the British government to support the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine while protecting the rights of Palestine’s non-Jewish communities. Since its promulgation, the pledge has been a focal point of still-unresolved conflicts between contending forces within Palestine/Israel and involving international actors, some seeking to ameliorate the conflict and some to support one or another of the sides. The course begins by exploring the origins and aims of the Declaration itself, then examines how it was implemented in Palestine in the 1920s and 30s. The second half of the course deals with the massive refugee flows resulting from the Second World War and the ensuing 1948 war in Palestine and the struggle of the international community to deal with the consequences. It concludes with the Six Day War of June 1967 which raised still further obstacles to the resolution of an already intractable problem. Class Limit: 50
Bob Rackmales during a 32-year career with the State Department discussed refugee and migration issues with senior officials in Turkey, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and (the former) Yugoslavia. He worked closely with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and nongovernmental organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee, to alleviate the suffering of those caught up in the wars in the Balkans. As U.S. Charge d’ Affairs in Belgrade during the Balkan wars, he received the State Department’s highest award for management of an overseas mission and Presidential award for sustained superior accomplishment in conduct of the foreign policy of the United States government. He is a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the American Foreign Service Association, and the American Historical Association.