Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, March 1993, Page 69
By Jerri Bird
Council for the National Interest
The Council for the National Interest, a membership organization concentrating on U.S. Middle East policy, has a new executive director, retired foreign service officer Eugene Bird, and new quarters at 1511 K St. NW, Suite 1043, Washington, DC 20005, telephone (202) 628-6962. Bird succeeded former congressman and 1980 presidential candidate John Anderson (RIL) as CNI executive director.
A CNI founder and its current chairman is former Illinois Rep. Paul Findley (R-IL), author ofThey Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby. Former Rep. David Bowen (D-MS) was CNI executive director until 1992. The organization seeks to build up grassroots support and political action groups throughout the United States. To date it has eight chapters in Seattle; Los Angeles; Dallas; Chicago; Syracuse, NY; northern Virginia; Montgomery County, MD; and North Fort Myers, FL, and an additional 30 local steering committees.
Journal of Palestine Studies
Palestinian negotiating problems are analyzed in the Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XXII, No. 2, Winter 1993 (University of California Press, 2120 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720) by Jerome M. Segal, president of the Jewish Peace Lobby and the author of Creating the Palestinian State: A Strategy for Peace (Lawrence Hill Books, 1989). "Strategic Choices Facing the Palestinians in the Negotiations" presents the author's suggestions to the Palestinian negotiating team and offers dramatic alternatives, suggesting that if an agreement cannot be reached on a traditional framework, the whole timetable should be sped up for some transition to final status negotiations.
Defense Research Support Program
A study by Dr. Don Peretz of the State University of New York, Binghamton, on "Palestinian Refugees and Middle East Stability" outlines the current status of Palestinian refugees and examines repatriation, resettlement and compensation. For a copy, write the Defense Academic Research Support Program, Academic Research Center, Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC 20340-5485.
Jerri Bird is the national coordinator for Partners for Peace in Washington, DC.