Ambassador Riyad Mansour with Dr. Alon Ben Meir


We were pleased to invite sponsors and their guests for a lunch discussion with Ambassador Riyad Mansour about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how he believes a compromise will be reached.

While Mideast peace talks stagnate, new developments continue to unfold. Earlier this fall, Palestinian leaders asked the United Nations to allow Palestine to be recognized as a state – a move that caused concern and debate from Jerusalem to Washington, DC. The Common Good was very honored to host Ambassador Riyad Mansour, who has served as Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations since 2005. Mansour has devoted his career to finding a solution to the ongoing Israeli- Palestinian crisis and seeking recognition of the state of Palestine. At our Luncheon Briefing, NYU Professor Dr. Alon Ben-Meir will moderate the discussion as Mansour shares his views on the conflict.


Ambassador Riyad Mansour has served as permanent observer of Palestine to the United Nations since 2005. From 1977 to 1983, he joined the Permanent Mission of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen to the United Nations in New York as research advisor. From 1983 to 1988, he served as deputy permanent observer to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United Nations. Ambassador Mansour has taught at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and the University of Akron in Ohio. He has published several studies and articles, most notably about the Palestinian community in the United States. He has lectured at many American universities and has participated in numerous international conferences, symposia, seminars, and panel debates as a representative of Palestine. Ambassador Mansour obtained his M.S. in education counseling from Youngstown State University in 1973. He received his Ph.D. in counseling from the University of Akron in 1977.


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