Harold Saunders C0259
Published by George Mason University Libraries
Hal Saunders is founder and Chairman of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD) and Director of International Affairs at the Kettering Foundation. For twenty years, he worked at the National Security Council (NSC) Staff in the White House (1961-1974) or the State Department (1974-1981) at the center of U.S. policymaking toward the Middle East and South Asia. Since leaving government in 1981, he has developed and practiced the process of Sustained Dialogue, a "public peace process," to transform racial and ethnic conflicts.
Collection consists largely of speeches, meeting transcripts, newsclippings about Saunders, photographs, and approximately 150 pocket notebooks that he carried with him that include insights from conversations and other experiences that were important to him. The most unique document is a declassified copy of the key pages of a memo he co-authored with a close colleague (Ambassador Alfred LeRoy "Roy" Atherton) for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance to send to President Jimmy Carter to begin his preparatory reading for the summit with Egyptian President Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin held at Camp David in September 1978. The most revealing sections are those focused on how Carter might proceed in bringing Sadat and Begin into the human dialogue planned for Camp David. There are also professional files include speeches and congressional testimony from 1976 to 1983, materials on the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, chapters for an unpublished book on presidential decision-making toward the Middle East, and speeches from 1974-1983. The collection also includes substantial documentation of international meeting, such as 37 analytical memos written after each meeting of the Inter-Tajik Dialogue (1993-2005) which was conducted by three Russian and three American members of the Dartmouth Conference Task Force on Regional Conflicts. Documentation on other meetings include records of each of twelve meetings over five years of a sustained dialogue involving participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Nagomo Karabakh; Records of what was called the Arab-American-European Dialogue that included five senior Americans government officials, five senior European government officials, and a dozen political reformers from the Arab Islamic heartland (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, and Egypt). on the question of are Western democracy and Islam compatible or incompatible; records of a dialogue among Iraqis across the political spectrum on national reconciliation; and near verbatim transcripts of meetings of the Dartmouth Conference Regional Conflicts Task Force and its successor since 2008, the Task Force on the Russian-U.S. Relationship that began in 1982.
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There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Harold Saunders papers must be obtained from Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.
Special Collections and Archives holds several other notable collections on conflict analysis and resolution including the Louise Diamond papers, the James Laue papers, and the John Burton papers. The Kettering Foundation archives also holds Harold Saunders material.
Saunders, Harold H.
Digial versions are available from box 4, folders 1-23, and Box 5, folders 1-14, 16-19, 21-24, and 27-28.
Harold Saunders papers, #C0259, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.
Donated by Harold Saunders in 2015.
Collection is unprocessed.