A lunchtime interview with Dr. Hannan Ashrawi covers the peace process, the viability of a 2-state solution and the Arab spring. 

Dr. Ashrawi is a legislator, activist, and scholar. She served as the official spokeswoman for the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process during the Madrid peace conference in 1991. In 1996, Dr. Ashrawi was appointed as the Palestinian Authority Minister of Higher Education and Research, but resigned from the post in 1998 in protest against the non-implementation of reform plans in governance and peace talks.

In 1996, Dr. Ashrawi was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council representing Jerusalem, and in 2006 she was reelected on the “Third Way” bloc ticket. In 2009, she was elected member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, making history as the first woman to hold a seat in the highest executive body in Palestine. 

She currently is the executive chair of MIFTAH, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy.