After Oslo

After Oslo : New Realities, Old Problems

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The Israel/Palestine Peace Accord was devised in 1993, after extensive secret meetings between the two parties, and a Declaration of Principles was signed in Washington by the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzak Rabin, and Chairman of the PLO, Yasser Arafat. It has had a profound impact on the Middle East. But, four years later, given the continuing violence and political unrest in the region, how successful has it been in achieving peace? Through a series of critical case studies, the contributors to this book assess the effectiveness of the Peace Accord, its consequences for Israel/Palestine in general and for Palestinian society specifically. These critiques demonstrate that the effects of the Oslo process, in terms of creating peace, have been slight at best. Scrutinizing its framework, the contributors expose the limitations of the process and seriously question whether it can lead to a lasting peace in the Middle East. This collection represents an in-depth critical and analytical assessment of the Oslo peace process and should itself be an important contribution to achieving peace. A contribution by Graham Usher, author of "Palestine in Crisis" is included.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 135.1 x 221 x 22.9mm | 467.21g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 maps, bibliography, index
  • 0745312438
  • 9780745312439

About George Giacaman

George Giacaman is Co-founder and Board member of Muwatin, The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, Ramallah, West Bank, and Dean of Graduate Studies at Birzeit University.Dag Jorund Lonning is a Middle East specialist at The Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway. He is working on issues of identity and conflict in Israel/Palestine.show more

Table of contents

In the throes of Oslo - Palestinian society, civil society and the future, George Giacaman; the Oslo Agreement - from the White House to Jabal Abu Ghneim, Nils A. Butenschon; the Oslo process and the Arab world, Fouad Moughrabi; a peace without Arabs - the discourse of peace and the limits of Israeli consciousness, Amon Raz-Krakotzkin; the geography of politics - Israel's settlement drive after Oslo, Jan de Jong; the significance of the Oslo Agreement on the Palestinian political system, Jamil Hilal; the politics of internal security - the Palestinian authority's new security services, Graham Usher; vision and reality diverging - Palestinian cognitive survival strategies in the post-Oslo era, Dag Jorund Lonning; the "voice of Palestine" and the peace process - paradoxes in media discourse after Oslo, Lena Jayyusi; reflections on the realities of the Oslo process, Azmi Bishara.show more

Review quote

"Although published before Ehud Barak's election and the subsequent relaunching of the Oslo peace process, this book reads like a lexicon of the dilemmas facing the Palestinian-Israeli "peace process" in the first years of the new millennium. The editors....present an exemplary series of sometimes overlapping, yet always cogent and remarkably forward-looking essays by ten contributors - Palestinian, Western and one Israeli.... The books usefulness is greatly enhanced by exhaustive notes following each essay and by a selective bibliography.": Journal of Palestinian Studies '[An] excellent collection ... It's analytical lucidity makes it essential reading to understand the new configurations and implications of the Middle East problem.' --International Affairs 'Ten authors, by focusing on various aspects of the peace agreements from geography to the media, compellingly conclude that while the agreements offer limited benefits and hope for peaceful solutions, the reality is far from it.' --Ethnic Conflict Research Digest '[An] excellent collection ... It's analytical lucidity makes it essential reading to understand the new configurations and implications of the Middle East problem.' --International Affairs 'Ten authors, by focusing on various aspects of the peace agreements from geography to the media, compellingly conclude that while the agreements offer limited benefits and hope for peaceful solutions, the reality is far from it.' --Ethnic Conflict Research Digestshow more