Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace, Second Edition

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace, Second Edition

Patterns, Problems, Possibilities
Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan
Distribution: World
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.


“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

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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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