Accueil > Diplomatic Successes and Failures: the Arab Israeli Conflict as a Case Study


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The Palestinian/Arab- Israeli conflict continues to be one of the most protracted and complicated conflicts on the international scene despite the many initiatives during its seven-decade history. Has the conflict defied diplomacy? Or has there not been enough political will to reach a peaceful solution? This course aims at examining major diplomatic efforts exerted during different phases of the conflict and at identifying areas and causes of failure and success. Special emphasis will be put on the human dimension in an attempt to explore the role of key individual players, both regional and international, and their impact on the process.


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Course validation

10% For participation in the course. 25% midterm exam. 65% Paper of approx. 10 pages , ( content to be agreed with instructor), deadline for submission: Session no.11.


Lectures do not summarize the texts, they update, elaborate and supplement the texts. Students are expected to utilize readings fully to understand the issues raised in class, in order to be actively engaged in class discussions.

Required reading

  • Fred Khouri. The Arab-Israeli Dilemma, 3rd edition. Syracuse University Press, 1985. Chapters 1, 2, 3
  • Avi Shlain. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. W. W. Norton & Company, New York 2000. Chapters 1,5,9
  • Harold H. Saunders, The Other Walls: The Arab-Israeli Peace Process in a Global Perspective. Princeton University Press, 1991. Chapters 1-2
  • William B. Quandt, Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967. The Brookings Institution & University of California, 1993. Chapters 1, 2, 7, 8, 15
  • Yazid Sayigh, Armed Struggle and the Search for State. Oxford University Press 1997. Chapters 24, 25, 26

Additional required reading

  • Avi Shlaim, The Lion of Jordan, Penguin Books, London 2007 chapters 24, 25
  • Agha Hussein and Robert Malley: 1- “Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors”, NY Review of Books, August 9,2001. 2- “Camp David and After: An Exchange: ( A Reply to Ehud Barack). NY Review of Books, June 13, 2002.
  • Uri Savir, The Process: 1,100 Days that Changed the Middle East, Random House, New York 1998, chapters 2,3, 5
  • Ahmad Qurei, From Oslo to Jerusalem: The Palestinian Story of Secret Negotiations, I.B Tauris, London 2006,,chapters 16, 17
  • Patrick Seale, “ The Syrian- Israeli Negotiations: Who is telling the Truth”. Journal of Palestine Studies, 29, no.2( Winter 2000): 65-77