The struggle for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an important component in the wider struggle between the forces of extremism and moderation in the region. For more than 30 years, Baker Institute fellow Yair Hirschfeld has been involved in this effort, and his new book “Track-Two Diplomacy Toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014” highlights the successes, failures and lessons learned from his decades of experience working to establish a lasting peace.
In the book, Hirschfeld describes the causes that led to the successful conclusion of the Oslo Accords, as well as an inside look at the treaty’s later failures and stumbling blocks. The book also addresses the importance (and problems) of U.S. mediation, the impact of regional powers, and the ongoing struggle between radical militant Islamic forces on one side and the pragmatic pro-Western Arab states and Israel on the other.
A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of “Track-Two Diplomacy Toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014” will be available to purchase courtesy of the Rice University Bookstore.
Yair Hirschfeld, Ph.D.
Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
Welcome and Introduction
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Founding Director, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy