Zaha Hassan

Middle East Program
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Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


BA, Political Science and Near East Languages and Civilizations, University of Washington, Seattle
JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
LLM, Transnational and International Law, Willamette University School of Law

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Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focus is on Palestine-Israel peace, the use of international legal mechanisms by political movements, and U.S. foreign policy in the region. Previously, she was the coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during Palestine’s bid for UN membership, and was a member of the Palestinian delegation to Quartet-sponsored exploratory talks between 2011 and 2012.

She regularly participates in track II peace efforts and is a contributor to The Hill and Haaretz. Her commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Al Jazeera English, CNN, and others.

  • TMR with Nadia Michel June 27, 2021
    U.S. Facing Challenges Over Israel-Palestine Policy

    There is this cycle that we keep seeing over and over again. But really we also saw some developments inside of Israel with Palestinian citizens of Israel and mob attacks against by Israeli Jewish citizens and of course in the occupied territories

  • Middle East Institute June 21, 2021
    Up for Debate: The Biden Administration’s Approach to Israel/Palestine

    While there is a pressing need for immediate humanitarian relief and reconstruction support in Gaza following last month’s intense violence between Israel and Hamas, Palestinians in the Strip will need far more than that to achieve real long-term stability.

  • PBS Newshour June 3, 2021
    Can Gaza Be Rehabilitated Without Aiding Hamas?

    The bombs may have stopped falling on Gaza and the rocket fire from there has ceased for now, but Gazans face a huge task of rebuilding.

  • American for Peace Now February 3, 2021
    Palestinian Politics Update

    Middle East expert discusses the current state of Palestinian politics with three rounds of elections on the horizon.

  • Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo
    April 20, 2021 Live Online
    A New U.S. Approach to Israel-Palestine

    Please join co-author Marwan Muasher, Zaha Hassan, and Daniel Levy for the Launch of a report calling for a new U.S. approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

  • Palestine, Israel, and the Arab Agreements
    December 16, 2020 YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    What Happens to Palestine if the Arabs Go to Peaces?

    Held on Dec. 16 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. EST (4:00-5:00 p.m. Beirut). This panel will look at the implications of the recent agreements signed between Israel and several Arab countries, most notably the United Arab Emirates. It will examine what impact these will have on Palestinian-Israeli relations, on Palestinian rights, and on prospects for a two-state solution.

  • A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021
    December 16, 2020 Live on YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021

    The conference will consist of six virtual discussions that will provide a look ahead to 2021, focusing on what Carnegie scholars and other experts believe will be the most significant and challenging issues facing the Middle East and North Africa in their interaction with international actors.

  • The Way Forward for Palestine: A Conversation with Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh
    July 1, 2020 Live Online
    The Way Forward for Palestine: A Conversation With Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh

    What will be the Palestinian response to Israeli annexation? What does this mean for the future of the Palestine National Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization? How will the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians change?

  • Marking A Year of Protest in Gaza
    March 18, 2019 Washington, DC
    Marking A Year of Protest in Gaza

    How did a simple Facebook post inspire thousands of Palestinians to protest the siege of Gaza and renew demands for the right to return?


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