OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

FORMER JORDANIAN CABINET MEMBER TO SPEAK AT OSU ON CONFLICT

05/16/2001

CORVALLIS - Munther Haddadin, a former member of Jordan's cabinet and a senior negotiator in talks that led to the 1994 Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty, will discuss the Middle East conflict during a lecture on Thursday, May 24, at Oregon State University.

Haddadin's talk, "What the Public Doesn't Hear: An Insider's Account of Arab-Israeli Negotiations," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center on 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

Haddadin is a former Minister of Water and Irrigation for Jordan who, for many years, served as president and chairman of the board of the Jordan Valley Authority. The governmental agency was responsible for economic growth in the Jordan River valley.

A visiting scholar at Oregon State University this spring term, Haddadin is guest teaching a geosciences course with OSU's Aaron Wolf on the politics of water in the Middle East. He is working on two books that deal with Jordanian diplomacy and the peacemaking process.

Trained as a civil engineer at Alexandria University in Egypt, Haddadin has strong ties to the Pacific Northwest. He received his doctorate from the University of Washington in 1969.

Haddadin's presentation is sponsored by the OSU Department of History.