Khalidi is one of the most influential Palestinian scholars and was the leader of the joint Palestinian-Jordanian delegation to the Middle East Peace Conference. He has been an outspoken critic of Middle Eastern politicians, including the Palestinians, and his essay "Thinking the Unthinkable" set out a vision of an independent Palestine that triggered a crucial debate among Palestinians and led the Palestinian National Council in 1988 to adopt a policy of mutual recognition and self-determination for both Isralis and Palestinians. This volume brings together Khalidi's essays, including unpublished work, on the history and politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Foreword by Albert Hourani. Introduction: The Palestine Problem, Past and Future. 1. The Origins and Development of the Palestine Problem, 1897-1948. 2. Thinking the Unthinkable: A Sovereign Palestinian State. 3. Regio-Politics: Towards a US Policy on the Palestine Problem. 4. Towards Peace in the Holy Land. 5. The United States and the Palestinian People. 6. The Half-Empty Glass of Middle East Peace. 7. The New Middle East Security Environment.