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The Peace Process Carousel: The Israel Lobby and the Failure of American Diplomacy

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More than 50 years of American diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli "peace process" have revealed it to be a carousel of constant activity with no forward movement. Despite chronic failure and embarrassment, it continues in great measure because of the cumulative effects of the influence of the Israel lobby in the United States, through cycles of opportunity, initiative, retreat, and compensation. Mathematician John Nash's theory of an inefficient equilibrium is offered as an explanation for the still-sustained pretense of the possibility of a negotiated peace agreement and the conditions under which the peace process carousel could finally stop turning.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2020

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