Center for Research


Track Two Groups


Having used the technique consistently since 1988, IPCRI maintains one of the most established and accomplished track two diplomacy programs in the world. Our track two work played an integral role in policy towards the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif and security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority throughout the 1990s. Following the Second Intifada, IPCRI’s track two work had considerable influence on American and European policy towards the peace process. IPCRI currently maintains two standing track two working groups, the Strategic Thinking and Analysis Team (STAT) and the Economic Working Group (EWG), both currently supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.



The EWG addresses economic issues of immediate and short-term relevance, mostly in the West Bank and Gaza, although Israeli-Palestinian economic cooperation is a frequent topic of discussion. Some of the topics discussed in 2009 at the EWG’s meetings include the following:


  1. The implementation of the Palestinian State-Building Plan

  2. Dealing with political obstacles to the development of Jenin-Gilboa Industrial Zone

  3. Ways of strengthening Palestinian economic policy towards small businesses

  4. The conversion of Areas C and B to Area A

  5. The development of business and property insurance in the Palestinian Authority

  6. The use of international aid to the Palestinian Authority for microlending


Participants in the EWG include current and former ministers from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, leaders from industrial associations and national chambers of commerce, bank managers and other prominent business people, renowned professors of economics and development policy, current and former representatives of both the World Bank and IMF, and independent consultants.



The STAT addresses issues of short- and medium-term relevance to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Issues addressed in 2009 include the following:


  1. Problems with and alternatives to bilateral negotiation

  2. The role of Gaza and Hamas in future negotiations

  3. The role of the international community in engendering bilateral negotiations

  4. The role of civil society in promoting peace in Israel and Palestine


Participants in the STAT include current and former ministers from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, leaders of prominent local NGOs, former Israeli diplomats, renowned political scientists and experts on public opinion, former IDF brigadier generals, Mossad personnel and senior staff of the Israeli National Security Counsel, in addition to independent consultants.

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