A Strategy for Stable Peace: Toward a Euroatlantic Community
A Strategy for Stable Peace, coauthored by three highly experienced experts, presents the results of a two-year study on alternative futures for U.S.-EU-Russian relations and a “peaceful, undivided, democratic Europe.” It offers bold and pragmatic arguments for creating a security community circling the Northern Hemisphere from Vancouver to Vladivostok.
The authors assess the current political, economic, and security climates within Russia, the European Union, and the United States. Most usefully, they recommend concrete, practicable policies for gradually building close and enduring cooperation on the basis of shared interests and common values, in place of the wars and near-wars that have plagued Euroatlantic relations for centuries. As Russia’s leadership strives toward integration into Western institutions, the authors note, America and Western Europe have “a rare chance to solve the ‘Russia problem’ in a constructive and conclusive way.”
From the Preface to A Strategy for Stable Peace: “The construction of a stable peace within this community of nations will not require the destruction of those special characteristics that have made them so distinct. What will be different is that war among them will become a part of history, not a part of their panoply of policy options. To accomplish this, each of the nations involved must recognize that they are alike more than they are different. They must see themselves as the builders of a common community, and they must be determined to translate this vision into reality.”
Former American ambassador to Finland James Goodby was a leading U.S. arms control negotiator with the former Soviet republics and the first winner (in 1994) of the Heinz Award for Public Policy. He has also taught at Georgetown, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon Universities and authored numerous books and articles, including a related USIP Press title, Europe Undivided: The New Logic of Peace in U.S.-Russian Relations. Petrus Buwalda, former Dutch ambassador to Egypt, Sweden, and the Soviet Union, also served at NATO and in Washington. His book on Soviet refuseniks, They Did Not Dwell Alone, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. Dmitri Trenin was the first Russian to attend the NATO Defense College in Rome and now serves as deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. His most recent book,The End of Eurasia, was published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.