Class Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program


Second Department or Program


First Advisor

Evan Oxman

Second Advisor

James Lundberg

Third Advisor

Dan LeMahieu

Fourth Advisor

James Marquardt


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.