Leadership and Negotiation in the Middle East

Leadership and Negotiation in the Middle East

Leadership and Negotiation in the Middle East

Leadership and Negotiation in the Middle East

Synopsis

This volume takes as its central organizing principle the thesis that national leaders are generally the key actors in international politics and conflict management. Therefore efforts to contain, manage, and reduce international conflicts through negotiation will be significantly enhanced through the availability of detailed information about the leading players. These essays evaluate this hypothesis through a detailed analysis of the major national leaders during the events of June-September 1982 in Lebanon, which began with the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and culminated in the establishment of an international peace-keeping force in West Beirut.

Excerpt

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) is comprised of social scientists who have an abiding interest in applying the insights and techniques of social science to the analysis, amelioration, and, where possible, resolution of contemporary social problems and issues. spssi functions as a bridge between the detachment of the academy and the immediacy of social, political, and economic problems that confront the larger community, whether local, national, or international. in a sense, through the research activities of its members, spssi is continually testing the utility and social relevance of behavioral science theory and methodology. At the same time, these applied research activities frequently entail contributions to basic social science theory and data.

The present volume, edited by Barbara Kellerman and Jeffrey Z. Rubin, is very much within the spssi tradition. It utilizes the insights of social science to help illuminate the failures and possibilities of leadership during a particular international crisis: the June 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the four month period that ensued before a multinational peace-keeping force was put in place. Although the volume addresses an important historical event and merits our attention on historical grounds alone, it is more than a historical contribution. It is a pioneering volume that examines the nature of that Middle East crisis and the possibilities for compromise, negotiation, and resolution through the personalities and perspectives of national leaders of governments or organizations whose interests were strongly affected by the crisis. in reading the chapters on the Lebanese leaders, on Israel's Menachem Begin, on the PLO's Yasser Arafat, on Syria's Hafez al-Assad, and other Middle Eastern leaders, and on the superpower leaders, Brezhnev and Reagan, we develop a deeper understanding of the issues entailed in that Middle East crisis and of the role of these eminent figures in the events of that period.

More importantly, in terms of the broader social science objectives of this volume, we are provided insight into the interplay among the personalities and . . .

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