IPCRI – The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Think-Tank
Creating Coherence and Impact
IPCRI’s Reorganization for 2005
Aim of Reorganization
IPCRI is seeks to significantly increase its ability to have a direct impact on the development of public policy that affects directly the developments in the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
The new political circumstances in the region create an enabling environment for the development of a political horizon with sufficient possibilities to break the deadlock of the past four years. A new willingness to seriously consider political re-engagement at the local level coupled with an international readiness to support the process may provide the impetus to bring an end to the violence, or at least to significant lower its level, and to get the sides back to the negotiations table.
At this time, IPCRI remains one of the only truly joint intellectual endeavors that has not ceased to successfully bring Israelis and Palestinians of significance together to pursue means and ways of advancing peace. IPCRI’s focus during 2004 has been the development of policy options for the leaders in the region and in the international community to leverage the Israeli disengagement plan into a bi-lateral internationally assisted political process that could lead the sides back to the Road Map. During the past two months, this effort has been devoted to the writing, distribution and advocacy of several policy papers that have been distributed to decision makers.
The Reorganization Process – Developing IPCRI’s Comparative Advantage
The re-organizational structure within IPCRI has enabled the creation of a broad-based think-tank activity including within it a group of highly dedicated and experienced Israelis and Palestinians with years of direct experience in policy making and implementation. The creation of the STAT – the Strategic Thinking and Analysis Team (see Annex I with list of names) is formulated to bring to IPCRI the combined experience of years of these expert’s hands-on conflict resolution, negotiations, and policy development practices. STAT members include former director generals of government ministries, retired military and security personnel, leading professors from various universities, civil society leaders, and other professionals. STAT brings the synergy of the best and the brightest – joining together individuals and organizations in partnerships of local Israeli and Palestinian expertise from academia, civil society, government and the professional world. Recognizing the need to focus on results, the STAT is dedicated to produce new ideas and thinking, developing and organizing conceptual maps for creating breakthroughs in policy proposals. IPCRI aims at influencing policy and therefore dedicates equal attention to the development of ideas and to ensuring that those ideas enter the political and public debates and decision making arena.
Reorganization Guide – the Flow of Ideas into Policies
The Guide for the Map