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Southern Miss Professor among Experts on Brookings Institution Gaza Panel PDF Print E-mail
Friday, January 22, 2010
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund, 228.865.4573   

Dr. Edward Sayre, assistant professor of political science, international development and international affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, served on the panel “
One Year After Gaza: Securing the Future for Young Palestinians” at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15. The panel’s presentations were covered by C-SPAN.

The panel focused on the economic and political climate faced by young Palestinians in Gaza. This particular topic relates to a chapter in a recent Brookings volume co-authored by Sayre titled, “Generation in Waiting: The Unfulfilled Promise of Youth in the Middle East.”

Introductory remarks to the panel were provided by James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president and special envoy for Gaza disengagement for the Quartet on the Middle East.

“These young people face an uncertain future as the economy of the Gaza Strip has been shackled by a three-year long blockade of Gaza by Israel,” said Sayre. “In addition, young people face particular difficulties due to the recent high population growth rates. There are an increasing number of young people trying to get educational services and who then also face intense competition for jobs once they complete their schooling.”

Other panelists included: Amjad Atallah, co-director of the Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation; Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) of the United States House of Representatives; Daniel Levy, senior research fellow for the American Strategy Program and co-director of the Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation; and Andrew Whitley, director of the Representative Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Sayre has written journal articles, book chapters and research monographs on the Palestinian economy with an emphasis on the Palestinian labor market. His recent research has examined the effect of population growth in the Gaza Strip on the Palestinian economy and the economic roots of Palestinian suicide bombing.

To view Dr. Sayre’s participation on the panel, online visit

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