Doomed to Failure?
|Publication Date: 08/2009|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
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|Hardcover|| ||$49.95|| ||978-0-313-36617-8|
The Politics and Intelligence of the Oslo Peace Process
This ground-breaking book examines how and why the much-vaunted Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians collapsed. The author analyzes the players on both sides of the accords, pointing out the attitudes and actions that serve to undermine peace and promote conflict. On the one hand, she criticizes the Islamist organizations Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for not tolerating the idea of any true long-term peace with Israel. On the other hand, she scrutinizes the factions for and against Oslo that developed within Israeli government circles, and she calls into question the ability of Israeli intelligence to correctly assess the Palestinian negotiators. By means of such examination, this book poses a fundamental question: Can Islamic fundamentalism ever accept the existence of Israel or will it short-circuit any prospect of peace between majority-Muslim states and their non-Muslim counterparts?
Ofira Seliktar is professor of political science at Gratz College and Adjunct Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She was previously a scholar in residence at the Middle East Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in the study of intelligence and foreign policy. She has written seven books and scores of chapters and articles. Among her more recent published works are The Politics of Intelligence and American Wars with Iraq; Politics, Paradigms and Intelligence Failures. Why So Few Predicted the Collapse of the Soviet Union; and Failing the Crystal Ball Test: The Carter Administration and the Fundamentalist Revolution in Iran. She is currently completing a new book, The Politics of Intelligence and American Encounters with the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1979-2009.
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