American Leadership in the Middle East
USIP Press Books
April 2008
210 pp., 5 1/4" x 8"
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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 impressive and refreshingly concise book."

New York Review of Books

"...a trenchant guidebook"


". . . 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."

Foreign Affairs
As Washington struggles to revive the Arab-Israeli peace process, Kurtzer and Lasensky offer the definitive guidebook on how to broker peace in the Middle East. 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.

This concise volume is the product of the United States Institute of Peace’s Study Group on Arab-Israeli Peacemaking, which brings together some of America’s most respected and experienced authorities in the field: William B. Quandt (University of Virginia), Steven L. Spiegel (University of California-Los Angeles), and Shibley Telhami (University of Maryland and the Brookings Institution). The book draws on nine months of groundbreaking consultations with dozens of statesmen, political leaders, and civil society figures who have defined Middle East peacemaking in recent years.

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.


  • Foreword - The Honorable Richard Solomon
  • Acknowledgements
  • Table of Contents
  • The Study Group on Arab-Israeli Peacemaking: Organization and Members
  • List of Interviews and Consultations
  • Introduction: "Lessons Ignored, Opportunities Lost"
  • The United States and Arab-Israeli Peacemaking: A Report Card
  • Making Peace Among Arabs and Israelis: Lessons Learned and Relearned
  • Conclusion: Recommendations for Future Administrations
  • Appendix 1: Maps (Israel/Neighbors; Jerusalem; Golan Heights; Gaza Strip; West Bank)
  • Appendix 2: Timeline
  • Appendix 3: Recommended Readings
  • Appendix 4: Select Documents and Primary Sources

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