Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Second Department or Program
This thesis addresses the American and Egyptian motivations behind the conclusion of the 1978 Camp David Accords between the United States, Egypt, and Israel. In addition, it considers the role the personal relationships developed between the principal leaders played in reaching an ultimate agreement. The thesis primarily relies on recently declassified Department of State and Central Intelligence Agency documents to reconstruct the American and Egyptian impetuses for peace, as seen from the outset of Jimmy Carter’s presidency. It also draws on the memoirs and writings of those directly involved in the peace process. Then, the thesis reviews how these factors manifested themselves during the thirteen day summit at Camp David. The thesis argues that the American and Egyptian motivations for peace hinged on the personal desires of Carter and Anwar el-Sadat. Furthermore, the personal relationship cultivated between the two presidents proved essential in reaching a final agreement.
Chandler, Treston Paul, "Jimmy Carter and Anwar el-Sadat: Relationships and Motivations behind the 1978 Camp David Accords" (2016). Senior Theses.
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