Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process, 1991-1996

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Arabs and Israelis have battled one another in political and military arenas, seemingly continuously, for some fifty years. The 1991 Madrid Peace Conference sought to change this pattern, launching bilateral and multilateral tracks in the Arab-Israeli peace process. As a result, a broad group of Arab states sat down with Israel and began to cooperate on a wide range of regional issues in what became known as the Middle East multilaterals. Yet why did enemies reluctant even to recognize one another choose to cooperate on regional problems? And once this process began, what drove the parties to continue such cooperation or, in some cases, halt their cooperative efforts? Beyond the Handshake addresses these fundamental questions, exploring the origins of the multilaterals and the development of multilateral cooperation in the areas of arms control and regional security, economic development, water management, and the environment. Dalia Dassa Kaye, challenging conventional concepts of cooperation, argues that multilateral cooperation in the Middle East must be appreciated as a process of interaction rather than solely as a set of outcomes. Presenting theoretical insights of value to students of regional and international relations, Beyond the Handshake provides a unique look at the evolving nature of Arab-Israeli relations and exposes the foundation the multilateral peace process laid for future regional cooperation in the Middle East.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Arab Studies Journal - Scott Rothstein
Kaye's approach provides significant insight into the rationale behind each state's involvement in and expectations from multilateral negotiations... Beyond the Handshake is a solid contribution to the subject.
Journal of Palestine Studies
Theoretical and descriptive.
Israel Affairs
Kaye has produced a perceptive account of... the multilateral track in light of current paradigms of international relations.
Arab Studies Journal
Kaye's approach provides significant insight into the rationale behind each state's involvement in and expectations from multilateral negotiations... Beyond the Handshake is a solid contribution to the subject.

— Scott Rothstein

The handshake of the title happened on the White House lawn in 1993, as Yasir Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin marked the historic Oslo Accord. The handshake initiated a period of intense bilateral peacemaking that provided a framework for understanding Arab-Israeli politics in the 1990s as well as a number of important developments emerging in the wake of the Cold War. Kaye, who conducted much of her research while a fellow at the Brookings Institution, argues that traditional understandings of international cooperation based on outcomes neglect the equally significant view of cooperation as a process. Such a view can better explain developments in complex regions like the Middle East, where a new setting for interaction can help shape relations in ways not originally envisioned. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231120036
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dalia Dassa Kaye is assistant professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionChapter 1 Explaining Regional Multilateral CooperationChapter 2 The Historical Record: Pre-Madrid Regional CooperationChapter 3 The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Multilateral TalksChapter 4 Regional Security CooperationChapter 5 Regional Economic CooperationChapter 6 Water and Environmental CooperationChapter 7 ConclusionAppendix A: Concluding Remarks by Secretary of State James A. Baker III Before the Organizational Meeting for Multilateral Negotiations on the Middle EastAppendix B: Article 4: Security. Treaty of Peace Between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of JordanAppendix C: Declaration of Principles and Statements of Intent on Arms Control and Regional SecurityAppendix D: Statement by the Gulf Cooperation Council on the Cancellation of the Secondary and Tertiary Arab Boycott of IsraelAppendix E: Casablanca DeclarationAppendix F: Amman DeclarationAppendix G: Cairo DeclarationAppendix H: Declaration on Principles for Cooperation Among the Core Parties on Water-Related Matters and New and Additional Water ResourcesAppendix I: The Bahrain Environmental Code of Conduct for the Middle EastNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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