Carter Wants US to End Pariah Diplomacy

Ex-president says isolation has failed, touts Hamas progress
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 8:23 AM CDT
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a speech during a meeting held by the Israeli Council of Foreign Relations in Jerusalem, Monday, April 21, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US needs to put its failed “pariah diplomacy” strategy out to pasture, writes Jimmy Carter in today’s New York Times. By ostracizing its enemies, the US is making it unlikely they will moderate their policies. “The path to peace lies in negotiation, not isolation,” Carter writes, offering as proof his recent successes with Hamas and Maoist guerrillas in Nepal.  

Carter says his organization’s mediation in Nepal helped a Maoist revolutionary group, still considered terrorists by the US, reach a ceasefire, and take power democratically. He then recounts the breakthroughs he made in his recent Hamas negotiations, among them that Hamas would accept a Fatah-brokered peace deal, accept a mutual ceasefire, and disband its militia if a non-partisan security force can be formed.