This collected volume presents reflections from prominent international peacemakers in the Middle East, including Jimmy Carter, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jan Eliasson, and others. It provides unique insights learned about diplomacy and international peace mediation based on real experience. The personal stories offer a critical analysis of successful and unsuccessful peace processes, as well as the chances and limits of solving the most intractable conflicts. The talks in this volume were part of the Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lecture series of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Rami G. Khouri is Senior Public Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is a leading Middle Eastern journalist and a syndicated columnist for the Agence Global Syndicate and for The Daily Star, Lebanon. Karim Makdisi is Director of the Public Policy and International Affairs Program, and Associate Professor of International Politics at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He also leads the UN in the Arab World Research Program at the Issam Fares Institute. Martin Wahlisch is Affiliated Scholar at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is also Political Affairs Officer in the Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon with the United Nations.
Introduction; Rami G. Khouri, Karim Makdisi, and Martin Wahlisch Part I: Peacemaking and the United Nations Introduction; Karim Makdisi 1. Making and Keeping the Peace: Reflections on UN Experiences in the Middle East and Afghanistan; Lakhdar Brahimi 2. Peacemaking Under the United Nations Flag: Reflections on a Quarter Century of Mediations; Jan Eliasson 3. Lessons Learned from a Quarter Century of Peacemaking; Alvaro de Soto 4. Crossroads of Crisis: Yarmouk, Syria, and the Predicament of the Palestinian Refugees; Filippo Grandi 5. The UN in the Middle East and the Arab Awakening; Richard Falk Part II: The Arab-Israeli Peace Process Introduction; Rami G. Khouri 6. Thirty Years after Camp David: A Memo to the Arab World, Israel, and the Quartet; Jimmy Carter 7. The Situation in the Middle East: A Vision for the Future; Amr Moussa 8. Talking with Islamists: The Need for Mutual Dignity and Respect; Alastair Crooke 9. Supervising a Temporary Truce, Working for a Permanent Peace: UNTSO's Mission in the Middle East; Robert Mood Part III: Paths in Conflict Resolution Introduction; Martin Wahlisch 10. Beyond Mediation: Promoting Change and Resolving Conflict Trough Authentic National Dialogues; Hannes Siebert 11. Preventing and Resolving Deadly Conflict: What Have We Learned?; Gareth Evans 12. The Public as Peacemaker: How Polling in Divided Societies Can Promote Negotiated Agreements; Colin Irwin 13. Fostering Power-sharing and Governance in Pluralistic Societies: Lessons from Canada's Experience; Bob Rae
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