Site: Gaza Strip
Players: Israel and Palestine, United Nations Relief and Works Agency
Intro: As one of the long running conflicts of our time, unresolved Palestine-Israel disputes from the 1948 Arab-Israeli War have resulted in the spatial displacement of refugees. The most notable is the Gaza Strip, where development is constantly thwarted by political groups. The population exceeds 1.6 million people with a staggering percentage descendants of refugees. For a strip of land approximately 140 square miles, density has hit a peak. Israel refuses to acknowledge it's independence while Hamas attempts to establish it's own governance. It is not only perceived as a real territorial issue by both parties, but a matter of religious recognition. However, organizations such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency or Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, have negotiated the ability to go between the two sides on the periphery of this strip.
Case Studies/Discursive Material:
Brookings Institute (http://www.brookings.edu/topics/arab-israeli-relations.aspx)
Syrian Uprisings (http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/thousands-of-palestinians-flee-syria-refugee-camp-as-assad-forces-shell-latakia-1.378782)