In late January, after five rounds of exploratory discussions, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators failed to meet the Middle East Quartet's deadline for resuming direct negotiations.
With this latest blow to peace, is it time to rethink the place of the Quartet—the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations—in the peace process?
Have the group's actions over the past decade been beneficial or detrimental to the quest for peace? And, if the Quartet should not be the one to shepherd the process along, then who should be? Khaled Elgindy addresses these questions in this Saban Center Analysis paper.