Unofficial peace diplomacy

Private peace entrepreneurs in conflict resolution processes

By Lior Lehrs

Unofficial peace diplomacy


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4764-6
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: October 2022
  • BIC Category: International relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Society & social sciences / Diplomacy, Society & social sciences / International relations, International Relations, Politics
  • Series: Key Studies in Diplomacy


This book analyses the international phenomenon of private peace entrepreneurs. These are private citizens with no official authority who initiate channels of communication with official representatives from the other side of a conflict in order to promote a conflict resolution process. It combines theoretical discussion with historical analysis, examining four cases from different conflicts: Norman Cousins and Suzanne Massie in the Cold War, Brendan Duddy in the Northern Ireland conflict and Uri Avnery in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The book defines the phenomenon, examines the resources and activities of private peace entrepreneurs and their impact on the official diplomacy, and examines the conditions under which they can play an effective role in peace-making processes.


'Scholarship has been blind to the role of private individuals in opening channels of communication between adversaries and reducing conflict. Lior Lehrs sets the record straight with good theorising and important case studies. This account is as fascinating as it is important.'
Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

'Fascinating stories about people who made peace as individuals while officialdom was stymied. At a time when conflict management and resolution are rare skills in a troubled world, some enterprising, knowledgeable intervenors operating privately could learn more from this book about how to improve their chances and overcome their obstacles.'
I. William Zartman, Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution, The Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Washington


1 Theoretical framework: private peace entrepreneurs
2 Norman Cousins and US-Soviet-British negotiations on a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 1962-1963
3 Suzanne Massie and the Cold War during the Reagan era, 1983-1988
4 Brendan Duddy and the negotiations between the Provisional IRA and the British government during the conflict in Northern Ireland, 1973-1993
5 Uri Avnery and his dialogue with the PLO in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 1975-1985


Lior Lehrs is a Research Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

To purchase as an ebook, please visit your preferred ebook supplier

Apple Kobo

Newsletter Sign Up

Manchester University Press

Your cart is empty.

Select your shipping destination to estimate postage costs

(Based on standard shipping costs)

Final cost calculated on checkout
Promotional codes can be added on Checkout