(Original title: From Homeland to Self-rule: Approaches to the Palestinian Issue under President Jimmy Carter, 1977-81)
About the seminar: Coming to power in 1977, Jimmy Carter aimed to solve the whole Arab-Israeli conflict. He was the first US president to attach primary attention to the Palestinian issue, even calling for a Palestinian “homeland”. By the end of his term Carter had not managed to have direct communications with the PLO, and his once ambitious approach to the Palestinian issue was reduced to trying to secure a limited form of “self-rule” under continued Israeli occupation. This was neither acceptable to the Palestinians, nor were they included in the negotiations.
Jørgen Jensehaugen is a PhD-candidate in history at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has previously been an editor of Babylon – Nordic Journal of Middle East Studies. He has published several articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The seminar was held at the University of Oslo 4th of March 2016, hosted by CIMS (Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies).