Global Choices Lecture Series: Lord Peter Hain, Former UK Cabinet Minister

1 February 2018 11am to 12pm

Location: Pontypridd Campus, Treforest campus, CF37 1DL

Audience: Public

Cost: Free of Charge

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Israel, Palestine - the end of the Two State Solution?

We are marking a century since the 1917 Balfour Declaration pledged British support for a ‘national home for the Jewish people’, with the proviso that such an entity must not ‘prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine’.

2018 will also mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. In this lecture, Lord Hain will argue that we are still no nearer to accomplishing, through separate Israeli and Palestinian states, a peaceful co-existence in the region. Successive peace agreements have failed, and the potential for conflict remains ever-present.

Instead, Lord Hain will argue for the creation of a ‘confederal’ single state with common civil rights and guarantees of religious freedom for Jews and Muslims. Peter Hain is one of the best-known figures in British politics and a respected commentator on international affairs. In government, he served as Minister for Africa and, later, as Minister for the Middle east while attached to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

During his time in government he also held numerous Cabinet posts, including Secretary of State for Wales, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He retired from frontbench politics in 2008. He was made a Life Peer in 2015. He is currently a Visiting Professor of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013.