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Peace First by Abu Ala, Uri Savir

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CHAPTER EIGHTEENBorders, Security, and the International Community

A DISCUSSION OF THE PAX MEDITERRANEO WOULD NOT BE complete without acknowledging the many complex and sometimes seemingly insoluble conflicts in the Mediterranean region. Even the best peacebuilding plans and media campaigns will come to nothing if past tensions and conflicts continue to be exploited in negotiations and other diplomatic interactions.

Creative diplomacy invites us to step back from the narrow view of unresolved issues as potentially painful “concessions” and to view them instead as opportunities to take an innovative approach to solving problems. Creative diplomacy avoids the use of surgical tools to split assets, territories, and issues. Instead, it employs ...

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