Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors Paper


Political Science

First Advisor

William R. Harbour, Ph.D.


This thesis’ aim is to determine whether or not the Obama administration had a chance to produce a more effective foreign policy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict approach used by the Bush administration. The thesis analyzed the two administrations’ foreign policies toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and compare the diplomacy used by Bust throughout his administration and the diplomacy used by Obama during his first year in office. The requirements that embody good negotiations from a problem-solving perspective and comparison to how the Bush and the Obama administrations have approached the conflict are examined. It is concluded that in order for a final peace agreement to be made, all parties need to look at their interests instead of articulation their respective positions. American diplomatic efforts to facilitate a peace agreement must involve deep and consistent agreement.


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