Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace, Second Edition

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace, Second Edition

Patterns, Problems, Possibilities
Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/14/2010
Format: Paperback 19 figures
ISBN: 978-0-253-22212-1
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Thoroughly updated and expanded, this new edition of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace examines the history of recurrent efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and identifies a pattern of negative negotiating behaviors that seem to repeatedly derail efforts to achieve peace. In a lively and accessible style, Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan examine eight case studies of recent Arab-Israeli diplomatic encounters, from the Egyptian-Israeli peace of 1979 to the beginning of the Obama administration, in light of the historical record. By measuring contemporary diplomatic episodes against the pattern of counterproductive negotiating habits, this book makes possible a coherent comparison of over sixty years of Arab-Israeli negotiations and gives readers a framework with which to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of peace-making attempts, past, present, and future.

Author Bio

Laura Zittrain Eisenberg is a Teaching Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She is the author of My Enemy's Enemy: Lebanon in the Early Zionist Imagination, 1900-1948 and many articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Neil Caplan is Scholar-in-Residence at Vanier College and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Concordia University, both in Montreal, Canada. He is author of Palestine Jewry and the Arab Question, 1917-1925, Futile Diplomacy, a four-volume study of Arab-Zionist and Arab-Israeli negotiations to 1956, and The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories.


“Updated and expanded, this edition of the popular textbook examines the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1978's Camp David Accords. Illuminating factors that seem to doom peacemaking, the authors identify how, when, and why the process works and explain what must change before it can be resolved diplomatically.”

““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.”

“As with the first edition, the second edition of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace is extremely well-written. It covers the latest significant details in the negotiations and will be very useful as a resource for researchers and students alike.”
 — Rex Brynen, McGill University

“One of the best presentations of how the Middle East not only can be but should be approached from a theoretical perspective.”
 — Glenn Palmer, Penn State University

“Nothing in my library comes close to Eisenberg and Caplan's unique and balanced treatment of the peace process. Their book is more essential today than when it was first published and contains many lessons that the parties could still benefit from.”
 — Philip Mattar, editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

“In separating the Arab-Israeli from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, this second edition clarifies important differences in their nature, dyanmics, and degrees of intractability.”
 — Christina W. Michelmore, Chatham University

“[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.Reading List 7/22/09”
 — Foreign Affairs

“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

“The new edition includes a 38-page bibliography and 125 related documents available online and coordinated with the text. . . . Recommended.”
 — Choice

“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. Fall 2011”
 — Jewish Book World

“[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

“In an innovative study, two historians of the Arab-Israeli conflict reflect on what their craft can contribute to peacemaking.”
 — Middle East Quarterly

“The book is well written, without the usual political science jargon characteristic of books on similar topics. It is well researched and well documented with clear and useful maps.”
 — Journal of Third World Studies

“A highly useful text for the study of the Arab-Israel conflict.”
 — Jewish Book World / Jewish Book Council

“For an introductory course, the text does a commendable job of presenting the cases and providing an interpretive framework.”
 — Middle East Journal

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface to the Second Edition
List of Abbreviations
Introduction. Historical Patterns: Bad Habits Are Hard to Break
Part 1. The Arab-Israeli Peace Process: Beginnings
1. Hot Wars and a Cold Peace: The Camp David Accords, 1977—1979
2. Mission Impossible: The 1983 Israel-Lebanon Agreement
3. Premature Peacemaking: The 1987 Hussein-Peres London Document
Part 2. The Arab-Israeli Peace Process: Madrid and After
4. Setting the Peace Table: The Madrid Conference and Washington Talks, 1991—1993
5. Out of the Shadows and into the Light: The Jordanian-Israeli Peace Process, 1991—1994
6. Falling Short of the Heights: Israel and Syria, 1991—2000
Part 3. The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Oslo 1993 and Beyond
7. Breakthrough: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Oslo Peace Process
8. Breaking Down: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Collapse of Oslo
9. Broken beyond Repair? Camp David II and the Second Intifada
Conclusion. Peace as a Process
Epilogue. Rebuilding amid the Rubble
Appendix A. Timeline
Appendix B. Documents Online

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