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Arab-Israeli Diplomacy under Carter: The U.S., Israel and the Palestinians

Arab-Israeli Diplomacy under Carter: The U.S., Israel and the Palestinians
Jorgen Jensehaugen

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The history of U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East is marked by numerous stark failures and a few ephemeral successes. Jimmy Carter's short-lived Middle East diplomatic strategy constitutes an exception in vision and approach. In this extensive and long-overdue analysis of Carter's Middle East policy, Jorgen Jensehaugen sheds light on this important and unprecedented chapter in U.S. regional diplomacy. Against all odds, including the rise of Menachem Begin's right-wing government in Israel, Carter broke new ground by demanding the involvement of the Palestinians in Arab-Israeli diplomatic negotiations. This book assesses the president's `comprehensive peace' doctrine, which aimed to encompass all parties of the conflict, and reveals the reasons why his vision ultimately failed.

Largely based on analysis of newly-declassified diplomatic files and American, British, Palestinian and Israeli archival sources, this book is the first comprehensive examination of Jimmy Carter's engagement with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. At a time when U.S. involvement in the region threatens to exacerbate tensions further, Arab-Israeli Diplomacy under Carter provides important new insights into the historical roots of the ongoing unrest. The book will be of value to Middle East and International Relations scholars, and those researching U.S diplomacy and the Carter Administration.

Author Info

Jorgen Jensehaugen is Associate Professor of Modern History at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. He holds a PhD in history from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and has previously worked as a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He has published extensively on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including in the journals The International History Review and British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies

ISBN: 9781788310529
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2018
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138

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