Itamar Rabinovich is president of the Israel Institute. He was Israel’s ambassador to the United States in the 1990s as well as chief negotiator with Syria between 1993 and 1996. His most recent book is Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman (Yale University Press).
Veteran Middle East negotiator Itamar Rabinovich gauges the distance between drama and diplomacy in his review of Oslo.
In the four-plus years since the Arab Spring, regimes have fallen, alliances have shifted and re-shifted, and new (and terrifying) actors have appeared on the scene. The diplomatic and strategic assumptions of several decades seem to have been upended. Nowhere is this more dramatically apparent than across Israel’s northern border. What, if anything, should Israel do about the Syrian crisis?
An insider account reveals how personal relationships and rivalries often shape Washington's foreign policy.
Since January of this year, revolution has spread across North Africa and the Middle East with such velocity that predicting exactly what will happen next is probably a fool's errand. In this issue, we have asked seven writers to return to their bookshelves and tell us what books, authors, and arguments they find helpful in thinking through the causes and implications of these surprising events.
The 1948 War and the problems it left unresolved have returned to the top of the agenda for both diplomats and historians.