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Beyond the Handshake 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0231120029
ISBN-10: 0231120028
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Theoretical and descriptive.

(Journal of Palestine Studies)

Kaye has produced a perceptive account of... the multilateral track in light of current paradigms of international relations.

(Israel Affairs)

Kaye's approach provides significant insight into the rationale behind each state's involvement in and expectations from multilateral negotiations...Beyond the Handshake is a solid contribution to the subject.

(Scott Rothstein Arab Studies Journal)


Kaye has written an important book that works on many levels. It is a superb and convincing analysis of the origins and development of the multilaterals in the Middle East. Based on myriad primary documents, secondary analyses, and interviews with many key players, there is unlikely to be a more authoritative of what occurred 'beyond the handshake' for some time to come. It tells us that the U.S. was important to the process but not as important as many might believe. And it generates important insights into the meaning and practice of international cooperation, illustrating how cooperation can be more than policy coordination and can require adjustments in conceptions of friend and foe.

(Michael Barnett, University of Wisconsin)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231120028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231120029
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,823,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We come here to seek peace for a part of the world that in the long memory of man has known far too much hatred, anguish and war...We seek peace, real peace. And by real peace I mean treaties. Security. Diplomatic relations. Economic relations. Trade. Investment. What we seek is a Middle East where normal men and women lead normal lives..."
The quotation cited exemplifies the American vision, as stated by former U.S. President George Bush at the Madrid Middle East Peace Process in 1991. This vision, one that voiced the need for peace and security in the Middle East, marked a turning point in the bilateral Arab-Israeli peace process. Not only did it legitimize the United States to interfere in the region, but it also provoked a new type of process, one that invited regional cooperation to aid in the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This process was known as multilateral cooperation, and it sought to establish a regional framework for Arab-Israeli peacemaking and to address region-wide issues of the present and of the future. In her book, Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process, Dalia Dassa Kaye addresses two central questions pertaining to the multilaterals. Why did such an unprecedented regional cooperation emerge? What forces can account for the varied level of successes of these multilaterals? In answering these questions, Kaye assesses the evolution of the multilateral process, as well as its success on a global level.
The Arab-Israeli conflict has been exclusively a bilateral process, that is, it has been contained between powers specifically involved in the conflict. However, its setbacks in recent years have forced the world to realize the need for a greater regional role in the process.
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