THE PEACE PROCESS: From Breakthrough to Breakdown, By Afif Safieh

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THE PEACE PROCESS: From Breakthrough to Breakdown
    Afif Safieh,
former Palestinian Ambassador in London, Washington and Moscow
“The Palestinian struggle for independence embodies a noble idea and a just cause. In Afif Safieh it found one if its most intellectually powerful, articulate and eloquent spokesmen. His book makes a vital contribution to our understanding of the cause that he has served with dignity and distinction for over three decades. It deserves the widest possible readership.” Avi Shlaim
“Afif Safieh’s book makes both depressing and inspiring reading – these pages demonstrate Afif’s commitment, his deep knowledge of history, his frustrations and his sparkling good humour.” Lord David Steel
“A welcome addition to the literature written on the Peace Process. It is formidable in its eloquence, humanity and the description of his hopes for a just peace for all Palestinians.” Judge Eugene Cotran
Afif Safieh served as Palestinian Ambassador in London, Washington and Moscow from 1990 to 2009. During this time he met and interacted with the leading politicians of our times: from Yasser Arafat, John Major and Tony Blair; to Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, and Pope John Paul II.

The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown brings together Afif Safieh’s articles, lectures and interviews from when he was a staff member in Yasser Arafat’s Beirut office, to 2005, at the end of his mission in London, revealing the political and intellectual journey of one of Palestine’s most skilled and distinguished diplomats.

His writings, which centre on the Palestinian struggle for independence, are a testament to his vision and humanity provide a unique map of Palestinian diplomacy over the last three decades.

Born in Jerusalem in 1950, Afif Safieh is Roving Ambassador for Special Missions for the PLO and the Fatah Deputy Commissioner for International Relations. He served as Head of Mission in London, Washington and Moscow, as well as the Holy See and The Netherlands. During his service in The Netherlands from 1987 to 1990, he was involved in the Stockholm negotiations which led to the first official and direct American-Palestinian dialogue. From 1976 to 1978, her served as Deputy Director of the PLO Observer Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva. He later worked as a staff member in Yasser Arafat’s office in Beirut from 1978 to 1981, in charge of European Affairs and UN institutions. He lives in London with his wife and daughters.

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To order copies of The Peace Process by Afif Safieh please visit the Al Saqi website or call the Al Saqi Bookshop on  +44 (0) 207 229 8543  (Books – £16.99)

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

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