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Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen is the director of Arab-Israeli conflict programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she focuses on the role of Israeli and Palestinian civil society in peacebuilding efforts, and the interplay of grassroots and Track II efforts with 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). Kurtzer-Ellenbogen joined USIP in 2010 as a doctoral candidate in Arabic linguistics, and having worked with the U.S. Department of State as an Arabic 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, her graduate research focused on presentation of social identity in Arabic media and political discourse, with an emphasis on the Arabic language press of the Arab citizen community in Israel. Her professional and academic career has taken her throughout the Middle East, with considerable time spent in Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Yemen. 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.

Publications By Lucy

U.S. Engagement On the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Dead End or New Beginning?

U.S. Engagement On the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Dead End or New Beginning?

Monday, November 16, 2015

By: Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict arena is once more beset with violence. The parties have retrenched to recriminations and hardline positions, and once again the U.S. faces the question of how to get things back “on track.”   The latest derailment of diplomacy has left an unclear road ahead. Those in the Israeli and Palestinian peace camps have largely reached the conclusion that peace will not be possible under their current leaderships, and the Obama administration recently acknowledged tha...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Peace Processes

Amid Israel-Hamas War: Is Peacebuilding a Dream or Reality?

Amid Israel-Hamas War: Is Peacebuilding a Dream or Reality?

Friday, July 25, 2014

By: Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen

While in Israel two weeks ago, as sirens sounded, rockets and missiles flew, and the sadly-certain descent began to where the two sides find themselves today, I heard a common refrain from a range of partner organizations and other civic activists working on peacebuilding in Israel:  The current fighting will end, hopefully tomorrow, maybe in a week or a month. But when it does, the underlying dynamics and problems remain to be addressed.  Our work can't stop.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Religion

What Might Persuade Israelis, Palestinians to Back Peace?

What Might Persuade Israelis, Palestinians to Back Peace?

Monday, December 23, 2013

By: Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently reiterated his pledge that any agreement with the Palestinians would be brought to Israel's citizens for a referendum. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has previously vowed to bring any deal to a vote by “Palestinians everywhere.” If the fate of a peace agreement is indeed to lie in the hands of the publics, what can we say about its chances?

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

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