The peacebuilding experience
Routledge – 2009 – 128 pages
Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel was unique as it bore the promise of what was termed a "warm" peace between the two warring countries. With legitimacy provided by Madrid and Oslo, hopes for "true" peace, as the Israelis would describe it, were high. This book explores the Jordanian-Israeli relations from a Jordanian perspective, focusing on the peacebuilding experience since 1994. In examining the reasons why a warm peace has not developed, the book focuses on the interplay between agency and structure on the Jordanian side, in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian context. In doing so, the book discusses the role of the various Jordanian leadership layers in the process and brings to the light intra-societal dynamics and particularities of the Jordanian social construct.
With research based on the premise that international relations are social constructions, meaning that facts are theory-laden and contexts matter to political actors since they influence their understanding of conflict and impact upon their decisions, the book also serves as an example of the application of an inter-disciplinary approach to analyzing conflicts and subsequent peacebuilding experiences.
This book will be of interests to students of Politics and International Relations, History, Middle Eastern Studies and Social Studies, in particular those interested in the areas of Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding.
'The author looks at the period from 1994 to 2003 and seeks to uncover the obstacles to waging peace for both parties, determine the effects of the leadership role in Jordan, detail the necessary conditions to achieve peace in either society, and then determine additional steps that might be taken to further this goal.]…[Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.' - S. R. Silverburg, Catawba College, CHOICE July 2009
1. Introduction 2. The Long Journey To Peace: Jordanian-Israeli Relations until the Treaty of Peace of 1994 3. Achieving and Building Peace 4. Obstacles to a Warm Peace at the Structural Level 5. The Refugee Question and Peace 6. Leaderships and the Peacebuilding Process 7. The Road to a Warm Peace
Dr. Mutayyam al O’ran holds a Ph.D. in international conflict analysis and international relations from the University of Kent, UK. Her areas of expertise include international relations, conflict resolution/transformation and peacebuilding, in addition to Arab-Israeli relations and politics. She is a member of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and has published a number of articles in academic journals.