Trust or Contract? Negotiating Formal and Informal Agreements in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process

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Contracts and Trust are ends of a continuum on which negotiations and interstate relations are based. Both arrangements are common in political negotiation and they played a significant role in Israel's peace negotiations with Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Contractual relationships are more likely in the case of states with a traditionally hierarchical order whereas trust plays an important role in relations with states based on a traditionally networked system. As boundaries within societies and between states and communities become increasingly blurred, there is a greater need to approach negotiated issues between states by simultaneously exploring contract and trust dimensions.

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