Award Date

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Political Science

Department

Political Science

Advisor 1

Mehran Tamadonfar, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

John Tuman

Second Committee Member

Dennis Pirages

Graduate Faculty Representative

John Curry

Number of Pages

118

Abstract

Should an independent, sovereign state of Palestine have the right to exist? The establishment of an independent Palestinian state is important because it could possibly end an extended period of violence with Israel, where civilian casualties have been high, and it could help to solidify a foundation of political tolerance and acceptance in the Middle East. Under the proposed two-state solution, an independent Palestinian state is possible. However, to determine if a Palestinian state is viable, it will be necessary to examine internal political struggles, economic resources, systems of communication, political systems and internal and external political policies. This qualitative research will focus on examining the resources and systems that would be essential in creating a solid infrastructure and foundation for the Palestinian people and a strong, sovereign, internationally recognized Palestinian state.

Keywords

Independence; International politics; Israel; Middle East; Palestine; Palestinian state; Peace; Sovereignty; Tolerance; Violence

Disciplines

Asian Studies | International Law | International Relations | Political Science

Language

English


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