The Business of Peace

June 7, 2004 

Why Peace is Bad for Business 

From the remote and idealistic perspective of the United States, it is often perplexing why there isno peace here in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians. After all, there have beencountless summits, resolutions, plans, handshakes and photo opportunities. There arenegotiators and experts who have spent their entire careers on this issue and are now ready forretirement, no closer to delivering peace than the day they started. After so much effort andattention from nearly every world political body and civilization, why does peace remain such adistant prospect? The answer is simple: it’s bad for business. 

Our time here has taught me that peace in the Middle East is bad for the business of every singleindividual, regional and geopolitical stakeholder, including America. 

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