On October 14, Lebanon and Israel entered UN-sponsored and US-mediated negotiations over their disputed maritime border in the hopes of resolving differences over natural gas rights in the Mediterranean Sea.
Ambassador Frederic Hof, former soldier, diplomat, CEO, and author, served as US Special Envoy to Lebanon and Israel from 2010 to 2012 and led a US mediation effort to find a solution to the maritime border, proposing a demarcation that has become known as the “Hof Line.”
On December 9 at noon Eastern, he joins LAU NY Executive Director Nadim Shehadi for a discussion about the current round of negotiations and what this might mean for Lebanon.
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof
Frederic C. Hof was Director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and currently teaches at Bard College and serves as Bard’s Diplomat-in-Residence. A native of New York, Ambassador Hof received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MA in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. Hof has written extensively on Middle Eastern political and security issues, focusing on Arab-Israeli boundary and water disputes and the Syrian crisis. He received the rank of ambassador in 2012 while serving as advisor to the Secretary of State on political transition in Syria. Hof’s diplomatic mediation work has dealt with Jordan-Israel water issues, Israel-Syria peace, Lebanon-Israel natural gas / exclusive economic zone disputes, and Palestinian-Israeli security matters.
Nadim Shehadi is Executive Director of the LAU New York Headquarters and Academic Center and Associate Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House in London. He was previously the director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He was also a senior member of St. Antony’s College Oxford where he directed the Centre for Lebanese Studies from 1986 to 2005.