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Ambassador Philip Wilcox, Jr. (ret)


December 3, 2010

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Pres. Foundation for Middle East Peace, Washington

"Israel and Palestine: Two States and Peace, or Permanent Conflict?"

The Palestinian/Israeli conflict remains the greatest and most intractable dilemma facing the world since the end of the cold war.  Philip Wilcox has made it the focus of his career for the past 25 years.  He retired in 1997 after 31 years in the U.S. Foreign Service.  Wilcox was born in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Williams College with a BA in History in 1958. 

He obtained an LL.B. from the Stanford Law School in 1961 and then taught school in Sierra Leone.  Next he returned to Denver and practiced law for three years before entering the Foreign Service in 1966.  He served at U.S. Embassies in Laos,  Indonesia, and Bangladesh and was thereafter Chief of Mission and U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem.  In the DOS he served as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Management, Deputy Director for UN Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and in the Bureau for Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs as Director for Regional Affairs, Director for Israeli and Arab-Israeli Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs. He also served as Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counter Terrorism.  He speaks French and Indonesian 

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