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Date: November 7, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Middle East Expert to Speak at Montgomery College, Nov. 20
Ambassador Philip Wilcox to Discuss Prospects for Arab-Israeli Peace

Ambassador Philip J. Wilcox, former U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, will speak at Montgomery College on Tuesday, November 20 at 2 p.m. With his talk entitled “Israel and Palestine: Peace and Two States or Perpetual Conflict,” Wilcox will discuss the prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine. It will take place in Science East, Room 119, located on the College’s Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street. This talk is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Rockville Campus Department of History and Political Science, the talk is particularly relevant in light of President Bush’s proposed summit at Annapolis this fall, which seeks ways to move toward resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Wilcox currently serves as president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a Washington-based foundation devoted to fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Retired from the U.S. Foreign Service, Wilcox served at U.S. embassies in Jerusalem, Laos, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Among the positions he held at the State Department’s Bureau for Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs were director for Israeli and Arab-Israeli affairs and deputy assistant secretary for Middle Eastern Affairs. He also served the Department of State as deputy director for United Nations Political Affairs.

For more information on the talk, contact Dr. Elkin Taylor, professor of history at Montgomery College, at 301-229-9270 or

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