Launches Web’s Most Authoritative, Interactive Guide on the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

April 16, 2008

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The Council on Foreign Relations has produced a new online multimedia feature, Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Using a comprehensive array of audio, video, imagery, and text, the guide offers an in-depth look at the history of the conflict and its geopolitical repercussions. The guide, narrated by veteran journalist Michael Goldfarb, includes:

  • a historical video overview of the conflict;
  • a timeline of the complex and often contested history of the conflict;
  • an interactive map illustrating the territorial disputes central to the conflict, written and narrated by Council Fellow Steven A. Cook;
  • a survey of diplomatic efforts throughout the decades aimed at settlement of the dispute, including audio analysis by Daniel C. Kurtzer, a Princeton scholar of Mideast studies and former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel;
  • a chapter summarizing the roles and interests of parties to the conflict, including Israel and the Palestinian Authority, countries (including the United States, Egypt, and Britain), diplomatic actors (including the United Nations and the Arab League), as well as other non-state actors (including Hamas and Fatah); and
  • a chapter offering links to more than thirty documents and treaties, as well as maps, timelines, and further research and analysis from the Council and other institutions.

Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Authority was produced in consultation with experts at the Council on Foreign Relations, Arab and Israeli sources, as well as an array of independent scholars, former officials, diplomats, and experts on the region’s political and economic history.

Crisis Guides,’s interactive, award-winning franchise, seek to bring context and historical perspective to the world’s most complex issues. Produced with, the series also includes Crisis Guide: The Korean Peninsula, which looks at the standoff between the two Koreas, and Crisis Guide: Darfur, which looks at the tragedy in Sudan’s Darfur region. The next guide will tackle the issue of climate change.

Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is available at

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