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Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East


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andlt;bandgt;Making peace in the long-troubled Middle East is likely to be one of the top priorities of the next American president. He will need to take account of the important lessons from past attempts, which are described and analyzed here in a gripping book by a renowned expert who served twice as U.S. ambassador to Israel and as Middle East adviser to President Clinton. andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Martin Indyk draws on his many years of intense involvement in the region to provide the inside story of the last time the United States employed sustained diplomacy to end the Arab-Israeli conflict and change the behavior of rogue regimes in Iraq and Iran. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;Innocent Abroadandlt;/iandgt; is an insightful history and a poignant memoir. Indyk provides a fascinating examination of the ironic consequences when American naand#239;vetand#233; meets Middle Eastern cynicism in the region's political bazaars. He dissects the very different strategies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to explain why they both faced such difficulties remaking the Middle East in their images of a more peaceful or democratic place. He provides new details of the breakdown of the Arab-Israeli peace talks at Camp David, of the CIA's failure to overthrow Saddam Hussein, and of Clinton's attempts to negotiate with Iran's president. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Indyk takes us inside the Oval Office, the Situation Room, the palaces of Arab potentates, and the offices of Israeli prime ministers. He draws intimate portraits of the American, Israeli, and Arab leaders he worked with, including Israel's Yitzhak Rabin, Ehud Barak, and Ariel Sharon; the PLO's Yasser Arafat; Egypt's Hosni Mubarak; and Syria's Hafez al-Asad. He describes in vivid detail high-level meetings, demonstrating how difficult it is for American presidents to understand the motives and intentions of Middle Eastern leaders and how easy it is for them to miss those rare moments when these leaders are willing to act in ways that can produce breakthroughs to peace. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;Innocent Abroadandlt;/iandgt; is an extraordinarily candid and enthralling account, crucially important in grasping the obstacles that have confounded the efforts of recent presidents. As a new administration takes power, this experienced diplomat distills the lessons of past failures to chart a new way forward that will be required reading.


The scene: Camp David, July 2000. As President Clinton's attempt to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians collapses, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is gamely trying to persuade the two sides to press on. An angry Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak storms out after one meeting, muttering to Martin Indyk, the U.S. ambassador to Israel: "I'm fed up with this improvisation!"

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About the Author

Martin Indyk is the Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution. Born in England and educated in Australia, he migrated to the United States in 1982. As President Bill Clinton's Middle East advisor on the National Security Council, as Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs in the State Department, and as one of America's leading diplomats, he has helped develop Middle East policy in Washington's highest offices, as well as implement it on the region's front lines. In March 1995, Clinton dispatched Indyk to Israel as U.S. amabassador to work with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the peace process. He returned to Israel as ambassador in March 2000 to work with Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat on a renewed effort to achieve comprehensive peace. He also served there for the first six months of George W. Bush's presidency.

Table of Contents



1 Syria Firs

2 Dual Containmen

3 "That's What Kings Do"

4 September 13, 1993

5 The Anatomy of Rabin's Oslo Decision

6 Detour on the Road to Damascus

7 Peace with Jordan


8 Dual Containment and the Peace Process

9 Iran's Breakout

10 Saddam Resurgent

11 Engaging Iran


12 Syria Redux

13 Shepherdstown Breakdown

14 Syrian Denouement

15 The Road to the Summit

16 Trapped at Camp David

17 The Collapse

18 Intifada!

19 The End of the Peace Proces

20 Epilogue

21 The Lantern on the Stern


A. The Oslo Agreement

B. The Washington Declaration

C. Draft Treaty of Peace Between Israel and Syria

D. The Clinton Parameters

E. The Arab League's Beirut Declaration on the Saudi Peace Initiative




Product Details

An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East
Indyk, Martin
Simon and Schuster
International Relations - Diplomacy
United states
Middle East
Middle East - General
Middle East Foreign relations.
United States Foreign relations.
Politics - General
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2 maps; 8pp b-w inserts
9.25 x 6.125 in

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