New archival research into a little-explored aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Jacob Eriksson is Lecturer in Post-war Recovery Studies in the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York. He holds a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London.
'This work highlights Norway and Sweden, two smaller states, in one of the world's most intractable conflicts, the one between Israel and its neighbours. It is a story about how theses states contributed to changes towards a more peaceful future. In particular Eriksson's work brings forward the lesser-known contributions of Sweden, before and parallel to the process known as 'Oslo'. It demonstrates that smaller states can do things that are difficult for more powerful actors, but it also points to some of the limits in small state peace diplomacy.' - Peter Wallensteen, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and University of Notre Dame; 'Having spent the better part of a professional lifetime in the pursuit of peace through international diplomacy, conflict prevention, and conflict mediation, Eriksson's narrative of Sweden's endeavours in the Israeli-Palestinian context is fascinating and intriguing. He very skillfully highlights not only the possibilities but also the limitations of small-state mediation in international conflicts.' - Jan Eliasson, Deputy-Secretary General, The United Nations