Shannon Thomas

Shannon Thomas is a senior at UC Berkeley, double-majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. A Phi Beta Kappa member and five semester Deans List student, Thomas is passionate about her education and hopes to pursue a Master's in International Relations. She has also acted as the Head Delegate for UC Berkeley Model United Nations (UCBMUN) for two years, competing internationally and chairing for four years at the UCBMUN Competition. Additionally, Thomas is the Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Middle East opinion columnist for ThinkPolitic, the chair of a student government political party, and actively involved in leadership of student organizations related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Having led an educational and diplomatic trip to Washington DC, New York, Israel, the West Bank and Jordan the last two summers, she hopes to return next year for Fulbright research and eventually move to the Middle East to work in international diplomacy.

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: What if Kerry Fails?

March 03, 2014

Failure to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement could be catastrophic.  In April 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear his opinion on the necessity of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, elucidating his dedication to the current negotiations. He stated: