Paths to Peace: A comparative analysis of different approaches to peace efforts in the Middle-East
Supervisors: Prof Neill Lochery, Prof Michael Berkowitz
Subject area: Politics / Modern History
Period of Study: 2015 to 2019
Photo: PM Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein shaking hands after the signing of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty. This is available from National Photo Collection of Israel, Photography dept. Goverment Press Office, under the digital ID D554-008.
Jonathan is researching the diplomatic history of the bilateral and multilateral approachs to the Arab Israeli peace process.
The purpose of his research is to explore the diplomatic history of the final status negotiations and find why bilateral negotiations between Israel and Palestinian authority have failed to produce a permanent peace agreement. However, given the new regional landscape and the growing converging interests between Israel and key regional Arab states such a Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel and the intractability of some of the core issues of the conflict, a regional/multilateral framework could be more suitable for reaching a lasting peace in between Israel and its Arab neighbours.