Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967, Revised Edition

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In this timely new edition of Peace Process, William B. Quandt analyzes how each U.S. president since Lyndon Johnson has dealt with the complex challenge of brokering peace in the Middle East, from the 1967 Arab-Israeli war to the death of Yasir Arafat. This classic work has now been updated to reflect recently declassified U.S. government documents and other published materials relating to the Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton presidencies, and to carry the story through George W. ...

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Overview

In this timely new edition of Peace Process, William B. Quandt analyzes how each U.S. president since Lyndon Johnson has dealt with the complex challenge of brokering peace in the Middle East, from the 1967 Arab-Israeli war to the death of Yasir Arafat. This classic work has now been updated to reflect recently declassified U.S. government documents and other published materials relating to the Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton presidencies, and to carry the story through George W. Bush's first term.

The most comprehensive account of the Middle East peace process in print, the book places the current situation in historical context and point to possible ways out of the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians. The text is complemented by extensive documentary appendixes containing significant treaties, resolutions, and speeches, which are available on the Brookings Institution's web site.

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Gilbert Taylor
In this case study of decision-making patterns, Quandt examines how the president and his top advisers have reacted to a chronic problem of international politics. Now able to turn the telescope around for an objective look--he previously was an NSC expert for Carter--he critically analyzes the learning curve of U.S. officials as the several Arab-Israeli crises forced their way to the top of the agenda. Prior to the Six-Day War, the U.S. had little to do with Israeli security, but the aftermath pushed the U.S. to the center. Shaping the U.S. role (honest broker? or "deliverer" of Israel?) first fell to Nixon and Kissinger. In Quandt's view, they drew the wrong conclusions from their success in the Jordon crisis of 1970 (i.e., Israeli military superiority ensures regional quiescence), but the scare of a superpower collision in the 1973 war catalyzed their thinking and brought on Super K's negotiations, and subsequently the more intense involvement of Carter. Carter, who, as Quandt notes, was a problem-solver and not a grand strategist, made way for Reagan's people, who perceived these regional issues to be part of the global confrontation with the Soviet Union. Quandt frowns on such simplifications, but doesn't advise presidents to revel in complexity. Still, he concludes that only they can maintain the negotiating impetus, without which radicalism on all sides grows. For libraries strongly dedicated to Middle East matters.
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Quandt is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution and was a member of the National Security Council staff during the Nixon and Carter administrations. He provides a detailed account of American policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict, assessing each administration's initial approach to the problem of peacemaking since 1967 and the evolution of policy. Co- published with the Brookings Institution. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Earlier editions of William B. Quandt's Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967 received considerable praise for being an unparalled, thorough and honest account of American diplomacy toward the Arab-Israeli conflect since the 1967 war. What makes this third edition even more valuable is not only a new chapter on President George W. Bush's first term, but revised chapters on the Clinton presidency (drawn from new biographies by Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Dennis Ross) and revisions throughout relying on newly released State Department documents." — International Journal on World Peace

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520223745
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William B. Quandt is Byrd Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings
Institution. During the 1970s, he twice served on the staff of the National Security Council with responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa. His previous books include Between Ballots and Bullets (1998) and Camp David (1986).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition 
1. Introduction 

PART ONE: THE JOHNSON PRESIDENCY 
2. Yellow Light: Johnson and the Crisis of May-June 1967 

PART TWO: THE NIXON AND FORD PRESIDENCIES 
3. Cross-Purposes: Nixon, Rogers, and Kissinger, 1969-72 
4. Kissinger's Diplomacy: Stalemate and War, 1972-73 
5. Step by Step: Kissinger and the Disengagement Agreements, 1974-76 

PART THREE: THE CARTER PRESIDENCY 
6. Ambition and Realism: Carter and Camp David, 1977-78 
7. Forging Egyptian-Israeli Peace 

PART FOUR: THE REAGAN AND BUSH PRESIDENCIES 
8. Cold War Revival: Who's in Charge? 
9. Back to Basics: Shultz Tries Again 
10. Getting to the Table: Bush and Baker, 1989-92 

PART FIVE: THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY 
11. Clinton the Facilitator 
12. Clinton's Finale: Distractions, Hesitation, and Frustration 

PART SIX: THE SECOND BUSH PRESIDENCY 
13. "With Us or Against Us": The Warrior President in His First Term 

PART SEVEN: CONCLUSION 
14. Challenges Facing Future Administrations 
Notes 
Bibliography 
Index 

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