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The peace business : money and power in the Palestine-Israel conflict
Bouillon, Markus.
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London : I. B. Tauris, [2004]

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xix, 247 pages ; 24 cm
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The Peace Business is a study of the evolution and consequences of business cooperation in the Middle East in the years of the peace process. Markus E. Bouillon examines how the engagement of entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the peace process, as well as how the nature of business ties between Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians, failed to strengthen and advance peace in the Middle East. In this important contribution to the Israel-Palestine debate, he argues that private business interests undermined economic and political stability domestically and thus contributed to the failure of the peace process.

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Markus E. Bouillon is a political analyst specializing in the international relations and political economy of the Middle East. He gained his D.Phil in international relations from Oxford University, where he worked under the supervision of Avi Shlaim at St. Antony's College

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Bouillon's thesis is that, after the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993, many observers quickly opined that economic cooperation would follow in the wake and reinforce what diplomacy had begun. In a very dense treatise, meticulously researched and documented, the author, a German national reared in Israel and academically trained in the UK, seeks to examine "the role that the business sectors in Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories played throughout the peace process." His principal task is to test the theoretical argument that domestic economic agencies drive a political entity's foreign policy, using as a case study the three core Middle East regional actors in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Peace Business is heavily theoretical in nature, focusing on international relations and international political economy. In examining the triadic economic relationship, which is accomplished in exceptional detail unseen in the general literature, Bouillon threads the relationships between business elites and political decision makers. He concludes that a linkage has yet to be formally established, but may be at some time in the future. An extremely useful bibliography enhances the volume's value for further research and hypothesis testing. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. S. R. Silverburg Catawba College

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. vi
Exchange Rates, Abbreviations and Acronymsp. vii
Note on Transliterationp. x
Chronology of the Middle East Peace Processp. xi
Acknowledgements and Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Social Forces, Politics and International Relationsp. 9
The Economy, Business and Politicsp. 23
Business Interests in Peace and Co-operationp. 51
Business Ties between Israel, Jordan and the PAp. 75
Business Leaders and Political Elitesp. 105
Peace, Social Equality and Democracyp. 128
The Regional Failure of the Peace Businessp. 149
Conclusionp. 166
Notesp. 173
List of Interviewsp. 205
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 233