Jordan's first ambassador to Israel Marwan Muasher's discusses current issues in the Middle East.
From the the road blocks to the Arab-Israeli peace process to the challenges faced by reform-minded leaders in the Arab World, Muasher believes moderation is key to negotiating a stable peace.
Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees the Endowment's research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications. He is also a senior fellow at Yale University.
Muasher began his career as a journalist for The Jordan Times. He then served at the Ministry of Planning, at the prime minister's office as press adviser, and as director of the Jordan Information Bureau in Washington.
In 1995, Muasher opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 became minister of information and the government spokesperson. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington again as ambassador, negotiating the first free trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation. He then returned to Jordan to serve as foreign minister, where he played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East Road Map.
In 2004 he became deputy prime minister responsible for reform and government performance, and led the effort to produce a ten-year plan for political, economic, and social reform. From 2006 to 2007, he was a member of the Jordanian Senate.
Most recently, he was senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank from 2007 to 2010. He is also the author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation.
Dr. Marwan Muasher, Jordan’s first ambassador to Israel and author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation, explains the steps governments in the Middle East will need to take in order make the political process more democratic.
Marwan Muasher describes what he believes will be the conditions of the final peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. He stresses the importance of an open Jerusalem, and reparations to refugees.
I[m sorry He is dreaming or He knows nothing of the Hebrew/Jewish/Israel/Zionist.
The Jews world wide will not give up Jerusalem, there will be no 2 state solution until the Palestinians give up Jerusalem. Plus going back to 67 borders after years of rockets no way, what is the punishment to the Arabs/Palestinians for attacking Israel, where is their punishment. So too bad he is dreaming, Jews are dreaming of the Temple Mount not a two state solution it is not even dinner table conversation in Israel, Israeli stopped 95% of all suicide bombing because of the Partition wall. Hamas announced again NO WAY TO ISRAEL. So He is dreaming. Little dreamer dream on. thanks foratv, but We can do better.
The problem with the Arab peace process is that you can not have a process when 50% of the arab population-women are not free. There will be no negotiated peace without the freedom of Arab women. Israeli women are free, there will never be a 2 state solution without the freedom of Arab women, THERE IS ONLY ONE OPTION, FREE THE WOMEN, Free to vote BUT NOT FREE TO LIVE, waste of Time The King must die so women can be free!