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Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace, Second Edition

Patterns, Problems, Possibilities

by (author) Laura Zittrain Eisenberg & Neil Caplan

Publisher
Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2010
Category
General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780253222121
    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
    List Price
    $46.00

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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.

About the authors

Laura Zittrain Eisenberg's profile page

Neil Caplan is author of The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories and of Futile Diplomacy, a 4-volume documentary history of Arab-Israeli negotiations. He is author (with Laura Zittrain Eisenberg) of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities.

Neil Caplan's profile page

Editorial Reviews

A highly useful text for the study of the Arab-Israel conflict.

Jewish Book World / Jewish Book Council

The book is well written, without the usual political science jargon characteristic of books on similar topics. It is well researched and well documented with clear and useful maps.

Journal of Third World Studies

In an innovative study, two historians of the Arab-Israeli conflict reflect on what their craft can contribute to peacemaking.

Middle East Quarterly

For an introductory course, the text does a commendable job of presenting the cases and providing an interpretive framework.

Middle East Journal

One of the striking qualities of this book is the authors' ability to present a wide variety of views by referring to an extensive range of literature. Negotiating Arab–Israeli Peace is thus a highly nuanced account, providing a presentation of the various processes that is not only clear but also deeply analytical. If one were in need of a single book to cover Arab–Israeli diplomacy, this would be a good contender.

Journal of Peace Research

[This] is a first-rate study that reflects the authors' familiarity with and understanding of Arab-Israeli relations spread over more than a century of conflict and diplomacy, their gift for presenting complex problems in clear prose, and the thoroughness of their research.

Middle East Book Review

The new edition includes a 38-page bibliography and 125 related documents available online and coordinated with the text. . . . Recommended.

Choice

The book is clearly and objectively written . . . The strength of this book is its clear, systematic, and well-annotated analysis, pointing out which processes and frameworks were helpful and which harmful, coupled with the easy access to valuable primary sources. Fall 2011

Jewish Book World

[A] valuable addition to the literature on Arab-Israeli peace diplomacy. . . Kurtzer and Lasensky have a keen sense of what policymakers need to know about the mistakes of the past, and their recommendations are so sensible many have already been put in place by the Obama administration.Reading List 7/22/09

Foreign Affairs

For an introductory course, the text does a commendable job of presenting the cases and providing an interpretive framework.

Middle East Journal

The book is well written, without the usual political science jargon characteristic of books on similar topics. It is well researched and well documented with clear and useful maps.

Journal of Third World Studies

In an innovative study, two historians of the Arab-Israeli conflict reflect on what their craft can contribute to peacemaking.

Middle East Quarterly

A highly useful text for the study of the Arab-Israel conflict.

Jewish Book World / Jewish Book Council

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