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Back Channel Negotiation
Secrecy in the Middle East Peace Process

Anthony Wanis-St. John

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3275-7    |    2010

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3523-9    |    2017

Choice Outstanding Title 2011

"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. Assuming a desire by all parties to resolve the issues in conflict and initiate a more stable relationship through negotiating with each other is a required component, according to the author. The volume covers the period from 1973 to 2008, offering the reader a wealth of information one would wish to have had at that time. It is during this time that all the major engagements between Israel and the Palestinians unfold, each covered and supplemented by a collection of accounts of back channel arrangements. The casual observer of world events will certainly better understand the need for secrecy in diplomacy and how it actually is conducted after reading Back Channel Negotiation. There is a concluding chapter on the theoretical nature of a negotiating process. This work is clearly an essential component to any collection, particularly an academic one that is dedicated to understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict."—Association of Jewish Libraries

"Back Channel Negotiation is an excellent marriage of history and critical thought and is an important resource for scholars of conflict resolution."—Peter Weinberger, author of Co-opting the PLO: A Critical Reconstruction of the Oslo Accords,1993–1995

"Large scale conflict is always complex, and Back Channel Negotiation is a rare and brilliant example of accepting and using that complexity. Starting with a detailed and thoughtful narrative of back channel negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Wanis-St. John then builds convincing and provocative theory tightly linked to that narrative."—David Matz, University of Massachusetts, Boston

  Back Channel Negotiation

  Anthony Wanis-St. John is assistant professor at American University in Washington, D.C. He is an advisor to the United States Institute of Peace and has consulted with the World Bank. He has facilitated several workshops for Palestinian and Israeli official negotiation staff and advisors.

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