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This collected volume presents reflections from prominent international peacemakers in the Middle East, including Jimmy Charter, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jan Eliasson, Alvaro de Soto, and others. It provides unique insights and lessons learned about diplomacy and international peace mediation practice based on real life 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 in the region and other parts of the world. The talks in this edited 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 for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a syndicated columnist with the Agence Global Syndicate, USA, and The Daily Star Beirut, Lebanon. He is nonresident Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, USA. He is one of the Arab world's most eminent journalists reporting and commenting about Middle Eastern affairs.
Dr. Karim Makdisi is Chair of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs and Associate Professor of International Politics and International Environmental Policy in the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Dr. Martin Wählisch is Affiliated Scholar at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He also serves as Political Affairs Officer in the United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL).
Table of Contents
Introduction; Rami G. Khouri, Karim Makdisi, and Martin Wählisch
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 Wählisch 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