A Stocktaking Conference on
Palestinian Refugee Research

Ottawa, 8-9 December 1997


conference summaries

Conference summaries have posted to the site in the agenda section. Many thanks to those conference participants who provided feedback on earlier drafts..

The Palestinian refugee issue is one of the most central--and most difficult--aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Today, however, a plethora of research activities on the question of Palestinian refugees is being undertaken world wide, as scholars, activists and policy-makers seek to facilitate the search for Middle East peace.

In order to provide an opportunity for researchers from all over the world to take a critical and comprehensive examination of major current research and dialogue initiatives on this issue, the International Development Research Centre and Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet hosted an international conference on refugee research in Ottawa on 8-9 December 1997. Participants included some forty-four project leaders, academics and others from across the Middle East, North America and Europe, as well some three dozen observers. The agenda of the conference reviewed work, identified gaps and needs in research, encouraged networking and identified future activities

In order to facilitate wider dissemination of its proceedings, the conference agenda and discussions are posted online here at the PRRN website. We welcome your comments.

Conference Follow-on Activities

On 23-24 March 1998 a follow-up conference on Resolving the Palestinian Refugee Problem: What Role for the International Community was held at the University of Warwick (UK). See here for details.

The PRRN/IDRC compensation workshop was funded by IDRC and the Canadian International Development Agency thrrough the Expert and Advisory Services Fund. PRRN is a project of the Interuniversity Consortium for Arab Studies (Montréal).

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