Address by Jeremy Wildeman at MEMO’s ‘Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises’ conference held in London on September 29, 2018.
Dr Jeremy Wildeman A Research Associate in International Development at the University of Bath, Department for Social and Policy Sciences, Wildeman carries out analysis in international relations, foreign aid, and the role of donors and aid in the occupied Palestinian territory. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Exeter. Prior to entering academia, he spent nearly a decade working in development aid in the region and remains engaged in supporting the work of small charities in conflict and post-conflict regions.
PANEL: The Future of Oslo: Peace or Apartheid in Palestine
The defeat of Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War and collapse of the Soviet Union that year left the PLO substantially weakened and isolated. Because of its alignment with Iraq during the conflict, the PLO was left bankrupt after its Gulf donors withdrew their financial support. The US moved quickly to assert its regional dominance as part of the “new world order” envisaged by President George H. W. Bush. With the groundwork laid at the 1991 Madrid conference, Israel convinced the PLO to enter into a series of direct secret negotiations which led to the 1993 Oslo Accords.