Today, Bold founder Carrie Sheffield hosts a #SalonTalks interview with former Sen. George Mitchell, discussing his new book, “A Path To Peace: A Brief History of Israeli—Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East.”
While this is a complex topic with a difficult history, Mitchell has the knowledge and work experience that qualifies him to write on this. Mitchell’s new book explains why past negations in the region have failed and provides a practical roadmap towards progress. His viewpoint is unique, having operated in this region and dealt with both successes and failures during his work.
Mitchell was a Democratic Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and Senate majority leader from 1989 to 1995. The son of a Lebanese immigrant, Mitchell was one of the first Arab-Americans to serve in the Senate.
He has experience finding solutions in troubled regions during his time in the Senate as well as after his retirement. Mitchell has taken leading roles in negotiations for peace in the Middle East and in Northern Ireland; his 1998 Good Friday Agreement is one of his most notable accomplishments. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.
With many worried about how President-Elect Donald Trump will affect our country’s foreign affairs, pulling from experienced and practiced voices like Mitchell’s is timely and relevant.
To move forward, we must take a historical perspective and view the larger picture. Looking back on what has gone wrong and evaluating our mistakes can help us achieve progress and solutions.
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