Presidential Leadership in International Peace Negotiations

My research thus far has been focused on the role of the President and State Department in international peacemaking.  Using Northern Ireland and President Clinton as case studies I am attempting to analyze what method of intervention would be best for the current conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.  President Clinton and his State Department assumed the role of the intermediary between Northern Ireland and England during the 1990’s but were generally hands off when it came to visiting the conflicting parties overseas.  On the other hand, during Clintons two terms in office a large percentage of overseas trips made by the administration were to Israel, Palestine or a separate nation for the purpose of peace talks.  These peace efforts made by the Clinton administration had varying results yet were carried out through vastly different styles of international leadership.

My research thus far has brought me to the conclusion that the American presence is one that is necessary for peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.  Due to general Israeli distrust of the United Nations the U.S must remain an important player within negotiations.  Therefore, a U.S. President with a large amount of political capital, public support, and unafraid of offending powerful PACs can successfully recognize a constituency as a sovereign and begin peace negotiations anew.  This would require the willingness and ability to make a large amount of international peacemaking trips both personally and through the U.S. State Department, along with hosting both sides of the conflict in the U.S. for peace talks.

Brent Lane

Coast Guard Academy

About brentjlane

Cadet from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
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