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Diplomatic Scholar Examines Past And Present Peace Negotiations Between Israel And Palestine

Aired 11/19/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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William Quandt is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and a co-author of "The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest For Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011." He participated in the 1978-79 Israel-Egypt Camp David accords.

Transcript

Cornell University Press

"The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest For Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011."

Israelis and Palestinians are engaged currently in peace talks for the first time in five years.

When the talks began this summer, U.S. mediators said they had good hopes for the two sides to reach agreement on the terms for a Palestinian state by Spring of 2014.

The talks have hit some bumps along the road, however both sides say they are still committed to the negotiations.

The repeated efforts to reach a settlement between Israelis and Palestinians is the subject of a new book, "The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest For Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011." It's a compilation by diplomats, Middle-East experts and policymakers, outlining the opportunities lost and the mistakes made in finding a viable peace in the region.

Professor William Quandt will be speaking tonight on "The Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land." His lecture begins at 6 p.m. at San Diego State University.

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