A Conversation with the President of the Arab Thought Forum
A Conversation with… HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, President of the Arab Thought Forum
United Kingdom, London
(International Bar Association (IBA
November 26, 2020
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal was born in Amman in 1947 and served as Jordan’s Crown Prince from 1965-1999. HRH holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Oriental Studies from Oxford University. Prince Hassan chaired the committees overseeing Jordan’s first four development plans (1973-1975, 1976–1980, 1981–1985 and 1986–1990). HRH had a critical role in the Jordan-Israel Peace negotiations that culminated in the Peace Treaty between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel in 1994. A pluralist and staunch campaigner for the rights of all to live in peace and dignity, HRH established the Arab Thought Forum, the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, the Higher Council for Science and Technology, and the Royal Scientific Society. On the international stage, many of Prince Hassan’s ideas and initiatives have been catalytic to international decisions and resolutions including the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues, Partners in Humanity, and the West Asia-North Africa Forum, now WANA Institute. HRH served as Commissioner on the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor and was recently appointed as co-Honorary Chair of the World Refugee and Migration Council. A pioneer of interfaith dialogue and understanding, Prince Hassan is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Inter-religious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue. Now President Emeritus, HRH was Moderator of the World Conference of Religions for Peace from 1999-2006. Prince Hassan is actively engaged with environmental organisations and served as Chairman of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and continues to work on water related issues as Chairman of the High Level Forum for the Blue Peace Middle East plan. HRH is the author of several books and papers including A Study on Jerusalem, Search for Peace, Palestinian Self-Determination, Christianity in the Arab World, and To be a Muslim: Islam, Peace and Democracy.