Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East

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Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace sets forth a compelling, interests-based framework for American engagement in the peace process; provides a critical assessment of U.S. diplomacy since the end of the Cold War; and offers a set of ten core “lessons” to guide the efforts of future American negotiators.
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Overview

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace sets forth a compelling, interests-based framework for American engagement in the peace process; provides a critical assessment of U.S. diplomacy since the end of the Cold War; and offers a set of ten core “lessons” to guide the efforts of future American negotiators.
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"Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace focuses on the Clinton and the two Bush presidencies, presenting a manual on what future officeholders should and should not do....an impressive and refreshingly concise book."

"...a trenchant guidebook"

"Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace is a tour de force that deserves wide readership not only in the official, journalistic, and think tank worlds but also in academia. This book should be widely utilized as a teaching tool by professors who want to add real life practices to the plethora of academic theory about conflict resolution and peacemaking."

“In a direct and diplomatic analysis, this book dissects the past decades of U.S. inadequacies and outlines the requirements for an effective U.S. policy in the Middle East. It is the ‘1975 Brookings Report’ of the next election, and it points sternly and creatively to the lessons and opportunities that we will be criminal to ignore. The United States Institute of Peace has done the nation a service in sponsoring the project, and the authors and their team have done the world a favor in looking so clearly into the past and the future.”

“This rigorous, non-partisan, no-holds-barred analysis of the most recent twenty years of U.S. effort in Middle East peacemaking is essential reading for practitioners and scholars. The operational implications have powerful potential in the hands of leaders who care about the results as well as the politics of American statecraft in the region.”

“I commend the authors of this book for their balanced and critical analysis of the U.S. role in one of the most pernicious conflicts of our time. The book publishes at a critical juncture for U.S. leadership in the Middle East. Its insights will be invaluable for many years to come.”

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace comes at a pivotal moment for U.S. foreign policy. While delivering a critical assessment of the United States’ mixed record in mitigating the conflict, this study reasserts America’s crucial role in the Middle East peace process and provides a solid framework from which American policymakers and mediators can work to facilitate a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace settlement.”

“This volume is the most forceful, thorough, concrete, and concise analysis of the U.S. performance in the Arab-Israeli peace process since it was born as a political process in 1974. The sharp call for energetic, determined, and disciplined perseverance in pursuit of the clear-cut U.S. interest in an Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace sets the bar for our next president. It's a superb statement.”

". . . a well-reasoned, realistic study setting out what works and what does not in this distinctive diplomatic arena. Today's leadership (and tomorrow's) could usefully build on the lessons presented here."

"A 'tour de force'. . .[Kurtzer and Lasensky] dissect with a surgeon's scalpel the moves made by past and present U.S. administrations in their efforts to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. . .The only way that the next U.S. administration can succeed whether its predecessors have failed is if it takes to heart the ten lessons of Kurtzer and Lasensky and their recommendations."

". . .A fine evaluation of U.S. diplomacy. . ."

New York Review of Books
"Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace focuses on the Clinton and the two Bush presidencies, presenting a manual on what future officeholders should and should not do....an impressive and refreshingly concise book."
Newsweek
"...a trenchant guidebook"
The Honorable Samuel W. Lewis
"Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace is a tour de force that deserves wide readership not only in the official, journalistic, and think tank worlds but also in academia. This book should be widely utilized as a teaching tool by professors who want to add real life practices to the plethora of academic theory about conflict resolution and peacemaking."
I. William Zartman
“In a direct and diplomatic analysis, this book dissects the past decades of U.S. inadequacies and outlines the requirements for an effective U.S. policy in the Middle East. It is the ‘1975 Brookings Report’ of the next election, and it points sternly and creatively to the lessons and opportunities that we will be criminal to ignore. The United States Institute of Peace has done the nation a service in sponsoring the project, and the authors and their team have done the world a favor in looking so clearly into the past and the future.”
Chester A. Crocker
“This rigorous, non-partisan, no-holds-barred analysis of the most recent twenty years of U.S. effort in Middle East peacemaking is essential reading for practitioners and scholars. The operational implications have powerful potential in the hands of leaders who care about the results as well as the politics of American statecraft in the region.”
Joschka Fischer
“I commend the authors of this book for their balanced and critical analysis of the U.S. role in one of the most pernicious conflicts of our time. The book publishes at a critical juncture for U.S. leadership in the Middle East. Its insights will be invaluable for many years to come.”
George J. Mitchell
Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace comes at a pivotal moment for U.S. foreign policy. While delivering a critical assessment of the United States’ mixed record in mitigating the conflict, this study reasserts America’s crucial role in the Middle East peace process and provides a solid framework from which American policymakers and mediators can work to facilitate a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace settlement.”
Harold Saunders
“This volume is the most forceful, thorough, concrete, and concise analysis of the U.S. performance in the Arab-Israeli peace process since it was born as a political process in 1974. The sharp call for energetic, determined, and disciplined perseverance in pursuit of the clear-cut U.S. interest in an Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace sets the bar for our next president. It's a superb statement.”
Foreign Affairs
". . . a well-reasoned, realistic study setting out what works and what does not in this distinctive diplomatic arena. Today's leadership (and tomorrow's) could usefully build on the lessons presented here."
Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs
"A 'tour de force'. . .[Kurtzer and Lasensky] dissect with a surgeon's scalpel the moves made by past and present U.S. administrations in their efforts to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. . .The only way that the next U.S. administration can succeed whether its predecessors have failed is if it takes to heart the ten lessons of Kurtzer and Lasensky and their recommendations."
New York Times
". . .A fine evaluation of U.S. diplomacy. . ."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601270306
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel C. Kurtzer is a former United States ambassador to Israel and Egypt, and currently holds the S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Coauthor of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace (USIP Press, 2008), Scott B. Lasensky is a senior program officer at the Institute's Center for Conflict Management and directed USIP's Iraq and Its Neighbors initiative.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

The Study Group on Arab-Israeli Peacemaking

Interviews and Consultations

Acknowledgments

Lessons Learned, Opportunities Lost 1

The United States and Arab-Israeli Peacemaking: A Report Card 15

Making Peace among Arabs and Israelis: Lessons Learned and Relearned 25

The Strategic Context 25

Style and Substance 30

The Foreign Policy Process and U.S. Domestic Politics 47

The Negotiator's Toolkit 59

Recommendations for Future Administrations 75

Appendices

Timeline, 1967-2007 85

Selected Documents and Primary Sources 123

Online Documents and Primary Sources 179

Recommended Readings 181

Maps

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