Innocent Abroad, by Martin Indyk. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009. 494 pp. $30.00. Almost a decade after Bill Clinton's departure from the White House his ambitious effort to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and its failure remain the focus of considerable attention and an acrimonious debate. The problems addressed by the Clinton administration--the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Syrian conflicts--remain acute issues on the Middle Eastern and international agendas, and the Obama administration's decision to assign a high priority to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to try early on to open dialogues with Iran and Syria have raised fresh interest in the failure of an earlier Democratic administration to implement a similar program. Some of the actors in the diplomacy of the 1990s are still in place and some are back--Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel's Prime Minister and Ehud Barak as Minister of Defense. And if Bill Clinton is not back, his wife, as Secretary of State, is designated to play a major role. Martin Indyk's Innocent Abroad is the latest account of Clinton's policy in the Middle East. Indyk chose to focus his book on Bill Clinton, his team, and his effort to restructure the Middle East, to resolve
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
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