Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace

Patterns, Problems, Possibilities
Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan
Distribution: World
Publication date: 3/1/1998
ISBN: 978-0-253-11305-4
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“In an innovative study, two historians of the Arab-Israeli conflict reflect on what their craft can contribute to peacemaking.” —Middle East Quarterly

“A fine overview of the troubled Arab-Israeli negotiations since Camp David, filled with sound analysis and a wealth of documentary material. Students and diplomats alike will benefit from this thoughtful study.” —William B. Quandt, Byrd Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

“This timely book . . . will be invaluable for students of Middle East international relations and for policy makers who seek a mutually acceptable resolution of this protracted conflict.” —Michael Brecher, McGill University

“No matter where one stands on the issues, this valuable work commends itself to students, peace makers, and anyone concerned about the Arab-Israeli conflict and its peaceful resolution.” —Philip Mattar, Institute for Palestine Studies

“ . . . Eisenberg and Caplan offer the reader lessons of the past and sound guidance for the present and the future. . . . a well-researched and well-written book.” —Itamar Rabinovich, Tel-Aviv University

What must change before the Arab-Israeli conflict is resolved diplomatically? By illuminating recurring factors that seem to doom peacemaking, Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace offers a fresh interpretation of how, when, and why the process does and does not work and points to diplomatic strategies that may produce an enduring peace.

Author Bio

Laura Zittrain Eisenberg is Visiting Associate Professor in the History Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She is author of My Enemy’s Enemy: Lebanon in the Early Zionist Imagination, 1900-1948.
Neil Caplan teaches in the Humanities Department at Vanier College in Montreal, Canada. His publications include Palestine Jewry and the Arab Question, 1917-1925, The Lausanne Conference, 1949: A Case Study in Middle East Peacemaking, and Futile Democracy, a multi-volume documentary history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.


"The book is clearly and objectively written . . . The strength of this book is its clear, systematic, and well-annotated analysis, pointing out which processes and frameworks were helpful and which harmful, coupled with the easy access to valuable primary sources." —Jewish Book World , Fall 2011

"[This] is a first-rate study that reflects the authors' familiarity with and understanding of Arab-Israeli relations spread over more than a century of conflict and diplomacy, their gift for presenting complex problems in clear prose, and the thoroughness of their research." —
Middle East Book Review

"One of the striking qualities of this book is the authors’ ability to present a wide variety of views by referring to an extensive range of literature. Negotiating Arab–Israeli Peace is thus a highly nuanced account, providing a presentation of the various processes that is not only clear but also deeply analytical. If one were in need of a single book to cover Arab–Israeli diplomacy, this would be a good contender." —Journal of Peace Research

"[A] valuable addition to the literature on Arab-Israeli peace diplomacy. . . Kurtzer and Lasensky have a keen sense of what policymakers need to know about the mistakes of the past, and their recommendations are so sensible many have already been put in place by the Obama administration." —Foreign Affairs

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