Institution: King’s College London
Position: Professor, Middle East studies
Biography: Yezid Sayigh is a former negotiator and professor of Middle East studies at King’s College London. He is one of the most noted commentators on the Palestinian quest for statehood. His 1997 book, Armed Struggle and the Search for a State: The Palestinian National Movement, is considered to be one of the most important texts written on the subject to date.
Sayigh sits on the academic board of the Gulf Research Center and the board of trustees for the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the American University of Beirut and a doctorate in war studies from King’s College.
Between 1994 and 2003, he was assistant director of the Center for International Studies at Cambridge University. He was a negotiator in talks that led to the 1994 Cairo Agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
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