It was 35 years ago today, March 26, 1979, that Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Menahem Begin of Israel signed the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty with US President Jimmy Carter looking on, after a year and a half of negotiations following Sadat's visit to Jerusalem in 1977 and the first Camp David Summit the following year. It was the first formal Arab peace with Israel and led to Egypt's exclusion from the Arab League for a decade.Despite skepticism among many, it has endured through multiple changes of leadership in both countries, including Muhammad Morsi's tenure in Egypt. Relations have not always been smooth, but the treaty has endured for three and a half decades.
"Michael Collins Dunn is the editor of The Middle East Journal. He also blogs. His latest posting summarizes a lot of material on the Iranian election and offers some sensible interpretation. If you are really interested in the Middle East, you should check him out regularly." — Gary Sick, Gary's Choices
"Since we’re not covering the Tunisian elections particularly well, and neither does Tunisian media, I’ll just point you over here. It’s a great post by MEI editor Michael Collins Dunn, who . . . clearly knows the country pretty well." — alle, Maghreb Politics Review
"I’ve followed Michael Collins Dunn over at the Middle East Institute’s blog since its beginning in January this year. Overall, it is one of the best blogs on Middle Eastern affairs. It is a selection of educated and manifestly knowledgeable ruminations of various aspects of Middle Eastern politics and international relations in the broadest sense." — davidroberts at The Gulf Blog
"Michael Collins Dunn, editor of the prestigious Middle East Journal, wrote an interesting 'Backgrounder' on the Berriane violence at his Middle East Institute Editor’s Blog. It is a strong piece, but imperfect (as all things are) . . ." — kal, The Moor Next Door This great video of Nasser posted on Michael Collins Dunn’s blog (which is one of my favorites incidentally) ... — Qifa Nabki