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Power And Leadership In International Bargaining: The Path To The Camp David Accords
Power And Leadership In International Bargaining: The Path To The Camp David Accords
By Shibley Telhami
280 pp, Columbia University Press, 1990
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Much has already been written about the Camp David accords. This book goes a step further, by placing the negotiations in the context of bargaining theory. A political scientist at Cornell, the author assesses the distribution of military and economic power between Egypt and Israel and argues that both were more interested in buttressing their relationship with the United States than in their own bilateral relations. Moreover Egypt was no longer in a position to actively advocate pan-Arabism and had much more to gain than to lose, economically and politically, by making peace. Most of this volume is devoted to an intricate examination of the bargaining process preceding and throughout the accords.