Advancing Common Purposes in the Broad Middle East

Advancing Common Purposes in the Broad Middle East

by Robert H. Pelletreau, Reinhard Schlagintweit, Yoshiji Nogami, Dominique Moisi
     
 

These four brief essays were prepared for the March 1998 annual meeting of the Trilateral Commission and refined for publication immediately thereafter.

Yoshiji Nogami and Dominique Moïsi write with urgency about the faltering peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Nogami sees "a pressing need for a push from outside" given "no endogenous

Overview

These four brief essays were prepared for the March 1998 annual meeting of the Trilateral Commission and refined for publication immediately thereafter.

Yoshiji Nogami and Dominique Moïsi write with urgency about the faltering peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Nogami sees "a pressing need for a push from outside" given "no endogenous momentum on either side for resuscitating the process." Moïsi argues for more active European involvement given the current dangers in the region, not because of American inadequacies. Reinhard Schlagintweit writes about Iran and Iraq. A "positive Western policy towards Iran," he argues, would recognize hopeful internal developments and "encourage Iran's increasingly constructive regional role and its engagement in international organizations." Robert Pelletreau, writing about both the "peace process" and Iraq and Iran, argues that "the interests and purposes of Europe, the United States and Japan vis-à-vis the Middle East are broadly parallel....[Our] differences are nuances, different ordering of priorities among crosscutting interests, or an overflow of the competitive instincts of our largely capitalist economic systems."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780930503772
Publisher:
Trilateral Commission
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Pages:
40

Meet the Author

Robert H. Pelletreau served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1994-1997), and as U.S. Ambassador to Egypt (1991-1993), Tunisia (1987-1991), and Bahrain (1979-1980). Reinhard Schlagintweit was Director General of the German Foreign Office. Previously, he was ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Yoshiji Nogami is President of the Japan Institute of International Affairs. Dominique Moïsi is the deputy director of the French Institute for International Relations and columnist for the Financial Times.

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