The Rhetoric of Disputed Lands: A Lesson from the Camp David Accords to Create Peace in Kashmir
Honorable Mention, Friends of Fondren Library Undergraduate Research Awards, 2010
The complex adversarial relationship between Israel and Egypt has seen dozens of failed negotiations, cease-fires, and peace agreements (Fisher 50). Incompatible cultural and political ideologies, a history of violence, militant allies, and a plethora of other reasons make peace building a desirable, but immensely difficult, task between these two nations. The Camp David Accords of 1978 were arguably the most successful peace agreement brought between these two nations, but not because this compromise simply addressed political ideologies. This agreement respected of each nation‟s rhetorical logonomic systems. Such an understanding provides remarkably analogous insight into the conflict between Pakistan and India regarding Kashmir. This paper explicates the complex logonomic systems of Israel and Egypt, and how the Camp David Accords helped bring peace between these warring nations. Evidence is then provided to demonstrate that the conflict over Kashmir between India and Pakistan represents an immensely similar logonomic relationship, thus suggesting that maxims present in the Camp David Accords could help structure a peace agreement between India and Pakistan.