Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen
Director, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Program
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Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen is the director of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she focuses on the interplay of Israeli and Palestinian civil society and peacebuilding efforts and official diplomacy. She is the co-author and author, respectively, of chapters on Israeli and Palestinian religious peacebuilding efforts for two different USIP publications: Facilitating Dialogue, USIP’s Work in Conflict Zones (2012), and Women, Religion and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (2015), and frequently presents in a variety of academic, policy and media forums.
Kurtzer-Ellenbogen joined USIP in 2010 as a doctoral candidate in Arabic linguistics, and having worked with the U.S. Department of State as a language specialist. Previously, as a program officer at the Kennedy School of Government’s Middle East Initiative, Kurtzer-Ellenbogen managed work on the Israeli, Palestinian, and Saudi Arabian portfolios.
Trained in sociolinguistics and Middle East studies, and proficient in Hebrew and Arabic, Kurtzer-Ellenbogen's graduate research focused on political and social identity in Arabic discourse, with an emphasis on the Arabic language press of the Arab citizen community in Israel. She holds a bachelor's degree in Arabic and French from Georgetown University, and a master's degree from Georgetown's Arabic department with a dual concentration in linguistics and Arab area studies.
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PUBLICATIONS BY LUCY
Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen on Israel’s Political Crisis
Monday, December 28, 2020
By: Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen
As Israel heads toward a fourth elections in two years, USIP’s Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen says the incoming Biden administration will need to engage in a “balancing act” to “navigate this situation and not start off with a rocky, tempestuous relationship.”
Type: Podcast
Democracy & Governance
Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen on Israel’s Political Turmoil and the Coronavirus Crisis
Thursday, April 9, 2020
By: Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen
After three elections, Israel’s political crisis is reportedly coming to an end. Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen explains that the focus has now shifted to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying, “What you do often see in the face of these immediate crises is a lot of banding together and cooperation … the question is how long it holds afterwards.”
Type: Podcast
Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Global Health
In Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians Face a Common Foe in Coronavirus
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
By: Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen; Robert Barron
On March 22, authorities in Gaza affirmed the inevitable: the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip. Gazan officials reported that the two men were immediately quarantined upon entry via Egypt’s Rafah border crossing with the enclave and have remained there, along with all those who had been in contact with them. Yet, since then, the number of confirmed cases has jumped to 10, and the question of how long a further spread of the virus into Gaza can be contained weighs heavily for this densely populated territory, long beleaguered by wars and severe deficiencies in its healthcare infrastructure.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Global Health
The Latest on the Middle East Peace Plan: 3 Things You Need to Know
Thursday, January 30, 2020
By: Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen
The Trump administration unveiled this week its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Does the plan have the potential to bring the parties closer to peace? Lucy Kurzter-Ellenbogen explains how the plan differs from other attempts to forge peace, how Israelis and Palestinians view the plan, and how the international community has reacted.
Type: Blog
Peace Processes
Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
By: Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen
Discussing the Trump administration’s long-awaited peace plan, USIP’s Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen says that although the proposal nods toward a two-state solution, the details leave one “hard pressed to see how it serves as a formula or basis for bringing both parties back to the table.”
Type: Podcast
Peace Processes
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Friday, August 14, 2020
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