In the past months IPCRI has continuted researching the categories that have been identified in an earlier stage as key components that need to be addressed as part of a potential peace deal. The ten topics include: governance; residence, citizenship and collective rights; borders; the Gaza Strip; economic union; security; Jerusalem; resources and environment; reconciliation; and the region. For each of these categories contextual data has been gathered and questions have been answered that will help guide the work groups in the next phase of the program.
In particular, there has been a lot of focus on the aspect of economic union. For the economic union aspect, an IPCRI teammember thouroughly researched how an economic union could facilitate isuses between Israel and Palestine and what potential stumbling blocks exist in implementing the union. From this research a 10-page report was developed that is in the editing stage and then will be published thorugh our website's publications database and on our social media presence that reaches over 17,000 fans. Additional work completed includes a risk management report that assessed the political dynamics of the region to assess what changes are possible in the near future and how that could affect the project's research and outreach campaign. Through this report we have analyzed how the project as a whole could face challenges in order to prepare us for mitigating these issues if they arise.
IPCRI has received a large donation from a European Embassy for our "Two States in One Space" program. Together with the help of our Global Giving donors we will be able to continue the project full force starting in January 2014 when we will start the first three working groups. This means that they will begin to generate proposals to solve issues relating to establishing two undivided states within a confederative-like framework. Our hypothesis is that such a framework can bridge the differences between the Israeli and Palestinians and is the best option to answer the desire of both peoples for self-determination. There will also be a launch event after the research groups conclude their findings which will be used to influence policy makers and provide a much needed solution that can lead to sustainable regional peace and stability. These three working groups that are currently funded should have conclusions within the coming year.
However, we are still looking for funding to keep our work going as more than half the topics necessary to reserach are still unfunded. This is especially important now during the current peace talks, because the negotiations will include discussions on the ten categories of our project's research.
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