Back Channel Negotiation: Security in Middle East Peace Process - Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution (Paperback)
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Back Channel Negotiation: Security in Middle East Peace Process - Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 30/01/2017
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Wanis-St. John takes on the question of whether the complex and often perilous, secret negotiations between mediating parties prove to be an instrumental path to reconciliation or rather one that disrupts the process. Using the Palestinian-Israeli peace process as a frame work, the author focuses on the uses and misuses of ""back channel"" negotiations. Wanis-St. John discusses how top level PLO and Israeli government officials often resorted to secret negotiation channels even when they had designated, acknowledged negotiation teams already at work. Intense scrutiny of the media, pressure from con stituents, and the public's reaction, all become severe constraints to the process, causing leaders to seek out back channel negotiations. The impact of these secret talks on the peace process over time has largely been unexplored. Through interviews with major negotia tors and policymakers on both sides and a detailed history of the conflict, the author analyzes the functions and consequences of back channel negotiations. Wanis-St. John reveals the painful irony that these methods for peacemaking have had the unintended effect of inflaming the conflict and sustaining its intractability.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815635239
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Wanis-St. John has opened an important line of inquiry with his focus on back channel negotiating. I appreciate the care with which he assembled the case study and pulled together a wide array of accounts into one detailed narrative, adding admirably to our understanding.--Eileen F. Babbitt "Negotiation Journal "
Valuable for a theoretical understanding of the complex world of conflict resolution and for providing balanced analysis of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict/peace process.--Review of Middle East Studies
This is a very important, engrossing work for professionals and lay readers interested in how international diplomacy works behind the scenes. Highly recommended.--Choice
In a remarkably objective manner, the author analyzes what is, in today's media frenzy of coverage of public diplomacy, probably the most accurate account of what has actually transpired between Israeli officials and designees and their Palestinian counterparts over a negotiated settlement of conflicted issues.--Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews
Represents a decade-long devotion to scholarship, using government documents and interviews with key negotiators.--Communication Research Trends

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