Convened in 2008, the Palestine Strategy Group provides a vital and unique capacity to enable integrated and sustained Palestinian strategic thinking to help guide the Palestinian national project. As a Palestinian platform, it engages a wide range of key Palestinians from different political, professional and geographic backgrounds and aims to inform and influence policy decisions, filling an important strategic gap in Palestinian discourse. It has provided sustained support for inclusive Palestinian strategic thinking at the highest level, hosting meetings, convening focus groups, developing strategic analysis, and conducting scenario planning in order to facilitate an open and secure space for debate on policy formulations and ways forward. With six major strategy papers (2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020), its thinking has both reflected and contributed to the national debate, offering options, goals, and alternative paradigms that have influenced Palestinian policy- and decision-makers.
Ambassador Husam Zomlot is a co-founder and coordinator of the Palestine Strategy Group. He serves as ambassador at large for the Palestinian government and adjunct professor and co-chair of the School of Government at Birzeit University. Dr. Zomlot served as a PLO diplomat to the UK from 2003 to 2008. His work experience includes the United Nations, the London School of Economics and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of London and held teaching and research positions at the University of London and Harvard University. His book entitled, ‘Building a Palestinian State Under Occupation’ is in press.
Sam Bahour is a Palestinian-American business consultant based in Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine. His firm, Applied Information Management (AIM), specializes in business development with a niche focus on start-ups and providing executive counsel. Sam was instrumental in the establishment of the Palestine Telecommunications Company (PALTEL) and the PLAZA Shopping Center. He completed a full term as a Board of Trustees member at Birzeit University and is currently a Director at the member of the core Local Reference Group of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), co-founder of the community foundation, Dalia Association, and Chairman of Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy. Sam writes frequently on Palestinian affairs and has been widely published. He is co-editor of HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians and may be reached at email@example.com or the blog www.epalestine.com.
Refqa Abu-Remaileh works for ORG as a consultant on the Palestine-Israel projects, having worked previously as Middle East Programme (now Strategic Peacebuilding Programme) Manager. She is an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and Marburg University. She received her PhD Oriental Studies and MSt in modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford (2010, 2004) and her BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia (2002). Her academic research revolves around the intersections between modern Arabic literature and film.
Oliver Ramsbotham is a Consultant on Oxford Research Group’s (ORG) Strategic Peace-building Programme . He was Chair of the Board from April 2007 until July 2013. Oliver is a specialist on conflict resolution and designed an original approach to handling ‘intractable’ conflict, which he calls ‘radical disagreement’. This approach both informs– and is informed by– ORG’s ongoing work on the Middle East. Oliver is Emeritus Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford (UK) and President of the Conflict Research Society. He is series Co-Editor of Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Tony Klug is a special advisor on the Middle East to the Oxford Research Group and Sustainable Security and international board member of the Palestine-Israel Journal. He has written extensively about Arab-Israel issues since the early 1970s: his doctoral thesis was on the Israel occupation of the West Bank between the wars of 1967 and 1973. Klug worked for many years as a senior official at Amnesty International.