The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 by Daniel C. KurtzerThe Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 by Daniel C. Kurtzer

The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011

byDaniel C. Kurtzer, Scott B. Lasensky, William B. Quandt

Hardcover | November 15, 2012

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"Having observed earlier periods of determined, persistent, creative and wise American diplomacy on the Arab-Israeli conflict, we are left to ponder whether that kind of American leadership and diplomatic wisdom can be recaptured. We also are left to wonder whether the supportive domestic environment in which previous administrations operated will recur, or whether Congressional and public support for Israel has limited administration options and thus changed the very nature of the American role in the peace process. Our overall conclusions in this volume represent a mix of process, politics, and substantive lessons learned, offered in the hope that a better understanding of the past can inform future policy."—from The Peace Puzzle

Each phase of Arab-Israeli peacemaking has been inordinately difficult in its own right, and every critical juncture and decision point in the long process has been shaped by U.S. politics and the U.S. leaders of the moment. The Peace Puzzle tracks the American determination to articulate policy, develop strategy and tactics, and see through negotiations to agreements on an issue that has been of singular importance to U.S. interests for more than forty years.

In 2006, the authors of The Peace Puzzle formed the Study Group on Arab-Israeli Peacemaking, a project supported by the United States Institute of Peace, to develop a set of "best practices" for American diplomacy. The Study Group conducted in-depth interviews with more than 120 policymakers, diplomats, academics, and civil society figures and developed performance assessments of the various U.S. administrations of the post–Cold War period. This book, an objective account of the role of the United States in attempting to achieve a lasting Arab–Israeli peace, is informed by the authors' access to key individuals and official archives.

Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. He retired in 2005 from the U.S. Foreign Service, having served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt (1997–2001) and Israel (2001–2005). He is coauthor with Scott B. Lasensky of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace:...
Title:The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Decline of American Mideast Diplomacy
1. Opportunities Created, Opportunities Lost: Negotiations at Oslo and Madrid
2. Within Reach: Israeli- Syrian Negotiations of the 1990s
3. The Collapse of the Israeli- Palestinian Negotiations
4. George W. Bush Reshapes America's Role
5. The Annapolis Denouement
6. Obama: An Early Assessment
Epilogue: Lessons Learned and UnlearnedNotes

Editorial Reviews

"This is a superb account of the Arab-Israeli peace process. It offers remarkable insights into the process and exceptionally valuable lessons learned. It is the work of brilliant authors who possess unique knowledge and experience in this process. This is a must-read for anyone who desires to truly understand this critical and complex quest for Middle East peace."

- General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Retired)